Student suspended for telling lawmakers to 'get off their f---ing asses' and pass gun laws
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A Nevada high school student has been suspended after he called his congressman’s office and said lawmakers should “get off their f‑‑‑ing asses” and pass gun laws.

A staffer for Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiBipartisan lawmakers call for Postal Service relief Mnuchin details IRS challenges with cash-only marijuana businesses On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare MORE (R-Nev.) reported 17-year-old Noah Christiansen’s language to Christiansen’s high school, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The student made the phone call to his lawmaker during the national walkout to protest gun violence last week. His classmates handed out the phone numbers of different lawmakers to call during the protest to advocate for gun control.


Christiansen chose to call Amodei and spoke to one of his House staffers.

“I just said, ‘I believe bump stocks should be banned, the minimum age should be raised, and Congress people not already asking should get off their f—ing asses and do something about gun control,’” Christiansen said, according to the Post.

The student said he later regretted using the curse, but that “even if I do want to use words, and use them over and over again, it’s my right to do so.”

He added that the aide didn’t appear to be upset by his comments.

“The person said something like, thank you for your comments,” Christiansen said.

However, Christiansen was later called to his principal's office and told that he was being suspended for two days after a congressional staffer called to complain about the language.

School officials also refused to allow Christiansen to start serving as his class secretary during the suspension after he was elected to the student government, the Post reported.

Amodei defended the aide’s decision to report Christiansen.

“Welcome to the world where words have impact,” he said.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is now demanding that the suspension be removed from Christiansen’s record, calling the punishment an act of political “retaliation.”

“Disciplining a student and permanently damaging their future college prospects because they actively participated in democracy will have a chilling effect on other students who are considering engaging in the political process,” the ACLU said in a letter to the school district.

Washoe County School District said in a statement that it couldn’t directly address the specific instance due to privacy laws, but that “the District expects students to act appropriately and with decorum.”