A Toy Gun, a Snapchat Post, and an Arrest

How an online mishap raises questions about student rights in the era of school shooting anxiety

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Recent Amity Regional High School graduate Zach Cassidento plays video games at home in Bethany, Connecticut. (Mark Keierleber)

‘I Want to Die’

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Zach Cassidento shows off an airsoft gun that looks like an M4 assault rifle. He wound up in trouble after posting a picture of the airsoft gun, which shoots plastic beads similar to BBs, when he posted a picture of the weapon to Snapchat before school. (Mark Keierleber)

‘Have a Nice Day’

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A police car sits parked outside Amity Regional High School on a recent afternoon. (Mark Keierleber)

A Substantial Disruption

‘School Shooter’

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Zach Cassidento poses in the kitchen at home in Bethany, Connecticut. A recent graduate of Amity Regional High School, Cassidento now works installing windows. (Mark Keierleber)

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