A Florida college suspended a student for posting on Facebook a photo of herself with a firearm.
The student, Dai’mon Dallas, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week alleging First Coast Technical College in St. Augustine, Florida, violated her constitutional rights, Breitbart News reported,
Dallas is seen in the photo, along with her fiance, Anfernee Royster, crouching and aiming a gun towards the camera.
After another student reported the photo to the college’s administration, Dallas was suspended.
She claimed the college’s assistant principal explained to her she had a “mean look” on her face in the photo, Breitbart reported.
The college official allegedly told her “things you do in the dark come in to the light.”
“Everything has just gone down the drain. I really was trying hard in school. I was making A’s,” Dallas told WJAX-TV in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dallas explained that her fiance’s cousin, a military veteran, was showing them how to use guns at a shooting range.
Her fiance Royster insisted the post on Facebook was not meant as a threat.
He posted it with the caption, “She’s my Bonnie and I’m her Clyde.”
“What I mean is like, we’re together forever,” Royster told WJAX. “And I feel like the main thing was that we were getting stereotyped because of the color of our skin.”
The Jacksonville station said attorney and Republican Florida state Rep. Cord Byrd is representing Dallas.
“Some people just don’t like guns. They feel threatened by firearms,” said Byrd. “But that’s why we have constitutional protections, to protect activities that other people might find uncomfortable or unpopular.”
Breitbart News reported in April two high school students in New Jersey were suspended for posting photos from a gun range on their Snapchat account.