Host: Joe Messina
Guest: Actor Joseph Phillips
Topic: Does carrying a picture of a BB gun make you a violent student?
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The Real Side - March 20, 2013
Joe’s guest today is actor Joseph Phillips. Phillips is best known for his role as Lt. Martin Kendall on The Cosby Show, lives with his wife and three sons in the San Fernando Valley. Find out what teachers said and did to his son when they saw he had a picture of a BB gun on his camera.
Phillips owns Daddy J’s Wingshack, where his 15-year-old son works and earned the money for an Airsoft bb gun. Last week his son brought a digital camera to school to show his friends a picture of the Airsoft.
Phillips says that as his son was showing off the single photo, his Social Studies teacher, a Mr. James DeLarme, walked by. As his son described the incident, DeLarme “snatched” the camera out of his hand and asked him about the photo. When his son explained that it was a picture of an Airsoft bb gun, DeLarme declared the police would have to be notified and promptly left the room to confer with another teacher.
The two teachers scrolled through all the photos on the camera, finally handing it back to the boy. Then, in front of all the students,
DeLarme asked him, “Do you have any animosity towards your classmates?” and “Are you angry at anyone at school?”
The school never notified Phillips or his wife. He learned about the incident from his son five days later. Phillips is livid. Hear more on this story in today’s Real Side.
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