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GOP Lawmaker Sparks Outrage After Getting Student Suspended For Cursing While Demanding Gun Control

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GOP Lawmaker Sparks Outrage After Getting Student Suspended For Cursing While Demanding Gun Control

A Republican congressman is under fire after his office had a student suspended from high school for using the “f” word while demanding gun control.

The student, Noah Christiansen, called the office of Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and told the staffer who answered the phone that lawmakers need to “get off their fucking asses” to pass gun control laws, The Washington Post reported.

More specifically, The junior at Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada, asked Amodei to back raising the minimum age for buying guns and banning “bump stocks,” which allow semiautomatic weapons to fire more like automatic weapons, according to the Nevada Independent.

The aide who took the call apparently didn’t appreciate the sentiment.

Someone from Amodei’s office then called Christiansen’s school, and officials there gave him a two-day suspension. He was also barred from taking on his elected role as class secretary-treasurer, the Independent reported.

Christiansen said he could’ve expressed himself differently.

“I’m smart enough to use better words than, of course, the f-word,” Christiansen told the Independent. “But at the same time, even if I do want to use words, and use them over and over again, it’s my right to do so.”

Christiansen also said he shouldn’t be punished for it.

“Being yelled at for calling my representative and trying to create change in the world is one of the worst feelings I’ve ever experienced,” Christiansen told the American Civil Liberties Union. “I’ve never even had a detention before, let alone a suspension.”

The organization blasted Amodei’s office for “unconstitutional retaliation” against the student.

“The retaliation by Congressman Amodei’s office is a betrayal of the First Amendment and of the representative process,” ACLU of Nevada Executive Director Tod Story said in a news release. “Nothing this constituent did was illegal, and we hope Congressman Amodei would be as interested in the opinions of students as anyone who seeks to ‘petition the government.’”

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