‘Young Marine’ Faces Expulsion For Replica Rifles


Lane Lyon
The Denver Channel
February 10, 2009

DENVER — For Marie Morrow, the equipment left in the back seat of her car was for an upcoming competition. She said she never expected it would lead to her being suspended from school — or possibly expelled.

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“I take responsibility, it was my mistake,” Morrow told 7NEWS. She left three drill team “practice” rifles in plain view of passing students last week.

Morrow, who says she has a 3.5 grade point average, is a member of the Douglas County Young Marines. She said she spins the practice rifles for the organization’s drill team.

Staff members at Cherokee Trail High School were alerted by concerned students who thought they might be real, said a Cherry Creek Schools spokeswoman.

“They went inside. They were anxious. They were frightened,” school district spokeswoman Tustin Amole said.

The mock rifles are made of wood, with duct tape, to resemble a real rifle.

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