A staffer for Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) last week prompted the suspension of a Washoe County high school student after he called the principal’s office to complain about the 17-year-old’s “disrespectful behavior/language,” the Nevada Independent reports.
The ACLU of Nevada on Monday sent the GOP congressman a letter asking him to apologize after his office’s complaint resulted in a two-day suspension Robert McQueen High School student Noah Christiansen. The teenager is also barred from assuming his elected role as class secretary/treasurer.
Christiansen called Amodei’s office last week to request the nation’s leaders “get off their f*cking asses” and pass gun reform laws to help keep students safe in schools. Christiansen was specifically interested in elected officials passing legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase a weapon and ban the sale of bump stocks, according to the Independent.
Though Christiansen acknowledges he could have used “better words than of course the f-word,” he feels the congressman’s staff violated his “political privacy” by telling on him.
“Even if I do want to use words and use them over and over again, it’s my right to do so,” Christiansen said.
Asked by Tod Story, ACLU’s executive director, to “rectify the situation” and withdraw his office’s complaint with the school, Amodei defended Nevada Republican constituent services representatives Arturo Garzon, who made the call to Christiansen’s principal
“I’m not apologizing because my guy accurately described what happened in the phone call,” Amodei said.
“He related the guy was vulgar,” Amodei told the Nevada Independent.“He didn’t ask [the school] for any specific thing or beat the kid up. He just said ‘I wanted you know that this guy was really vulgar. We had a lot of calls and nobody else was,’ and that was it.”
“What the principal decided to do is, I mean, that’s what principals get paid for,” Amodei added.
In a statement, Washoe County School District spokeswoman Victoria Campbell said schools expect students to “act appropriately and with decorum.”
“Some students were disciplined for breaking student conduct codes or participating in other inappropriate behavior,” Campbell said.