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Uproar after New Jersey high school reportedly suspends students about gun-series photo

A New Jersey high school came under fire Friday after allegedly suspended two students in the barrel of a gun picture taken during a family visit to a shooting range.

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A New Jersey high school came under fire Friday after allegedly suspended two students in the barrel of a gun picture taken during a family visit to a shooting range.

News of the unnamed students suspension is distributed by means of a Lacey Township Facebook group, according to NJ.com.

Amanda Buron, a Lacey resident and family friend of one of the suspension of the students said one of the photos shared on SnapChat featured four rifles, ammunition clips and a gun wrap with the caption “fun day on the range,” NJ.com reported.

Buron said the two students were given a five-days-in-school suspension after the photo attracted the attention of Lacey Township High School officials, who argued that it violated the school’s policy on the possession of firearms.

The school district recently faced community backlash for the alleged suspension, with lots of calls for people to appear at the school board meeting Monday in protest against the decision.

The school, however, denied the students were suspended for about the photo.

“The information on social media is incorrect,” Lacey schools Superintendent Craig Wigley told the publication last week. The officials declined to provide details or point out what exactly was wrong.

The controversy brought the attention of a New Jersey gun advocacy group that the school district of a cease and desist letter and threatening a lawsuit if it does not overturn the suspension of the students and to change the policy in respect of the Second Amendment.

The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) said in a letter that the school policy can suspend the students for a year if they are ” reported in the possession of a weapon of any kind, for any reason or purpose to or from school.”

“The information on social media is incorrect.”

– Lacey schools Superintendent Craig Wigley

“The policy is clearly wrong and in conflict with the Second Amendment. We hope that they are reasonable people and they will fix it. If they don’t, we are prepared to take legal action,” ANJRPC executive director Scott Bach told NJ.com.

The group also calls for the school to apologize to the two hung teenagers.

“Schools do not have the authority to relax on the rights of their students from the school ground, and this blatant violation of the constitutional rights will not be tolerated,” Bach added. “I don’t care if there are no students were disciplined. The policy has to go.”

Openly on the broad policy of the school district have been criticized in the past. Ed Cardinal, whose son is a school in the same district, said the officials once asked his son to remove a window sticker of a gun out of his pick-up truck that he drives to school.

“He was kind of heated about it and so was I,” Cardinal said.

They kept to the requirements and removed the sticker after the district threatened to punish the teenager.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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