Snapchat pic gets high school girl suspended for goofing with Army veteran brother

Any suspicion that Alexandria Keyes was doing anything wrong should have ended when officials read the caption on the Snapchat picture: “Me and my legal guardian are going to the gun range to practice gun safety and responsible gun ownership while getting better so we can protect ourselves while also using the first amendment to practice our second amendment.”

Instead, officials at Colorado’s Cherry Creek School Endeavor Academy suspended Keyes for five days, even though they admitted she did nothing wrong.

Keyes’ mother, Kelley Shey Moyer, reached out to me on Facebook for help.

“The school states ‘she did not violate any policies’ and  ‘when we see pictures of a 17-year-old holding an assault rifle it sends panic through our building,’” Moyer wrote, adding that Keyes’ brother — a 22-year-old Army veteran — is the one actually holding the “assault weapon.” Her daughter is holding a handgun.

“I asked if she made any threats or was angry or was aggressive or posturing or upset. They said no. I asked if she violated any Cherry Creek policies. They said no. They then told me she has been suspended for five  days,” Moyer said. “I asked why. They couldn’t give me any answer.

“My daughter was wearing something called a Shemaqh. This a face covering her brother gave her from the military. Her brother is a retired military hero from the Army. He was injured while fighting for our country,” Moyer said. “He often takes his sister and I, her mother, to the gun range to practice our shooting. We both enjoy the sport and would like to enter into competitions someday as my daughter is excellent with firearms and training.”

Neither the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office nor the Aurora Police Department filed any charges. Both agencies told Moyer her daughter broke no laws.

Keyes has also been kicked off the school volleyball team, where her mother says she was a major contributor.

“Please help me fight for Ally’s 1st and 2nd Amendment rights! Please call Cherry Creek school board 303-773-1184. She has done nothing wrong! She has unjustly been suspended for posting a picture off campus of her and her brother holding guns going to the gun range,” Moyer said. “No threats ever made! They are keeping her from her championship volleyball game tonight! Justice for Ally! Please call!”


Some may find the Shemaghs offensive, or the Stars and Bars in the background, or the obscene hand gestures Keyes is using.

Keep in mind they’re kids — a 17-year-old goofing with her older brother, who she clearly idolizes.

If the school board had allowed the parents to handle this — to turn this into a teachable moment — Keyes’ academic record could have remained unblemished and good lessons could have been learned.

To suspend a child who even the board admits did not violate school policy or law sends a very poor message. Only bad lessons will come from this.

This occurred in their homes, during non-school hours and it in no way involved the school.

The school board should be ashamed.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. Definently a lawsuit!

    When will the insanity stop?

    People often question why I believe we should abolish public schooling. Thisnis exactly why. The children are being groomed for communism and socialism. They’re being slowly manipulated by people who they are told to trust.

    I believe that we should find the best science teachers, language arts, history, mathematics, world civilization and ofcourse American History with full course on the constitution and bill of rights! The best teachers should be unbiased and they will teach to a camera where the classes will be broadcasted all over the USA. School would take a couple hours in the morning and afterward it work be free time. Use the schools built today to hold sports events and socializing events so the community gets closer. Once a month send out tests to make sure everyone is on the same page, and use ex teachers to go out and tutor our weakest links!

    Also motivate kids by letting them know that if they work hard they can graduate super early! Also bring in financial literacy course, basic home management, and some trade classes ie HVAC, PLUMBING, ELECTRICAL, ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, NURSING, FIRE DEPARTMENT, POLICE ETC

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  5. Please tell this young woman to just drop out of school, get a GED, and take a year or two of community college. Study hard and strive for a 4.0 average, and be sure to check on the requirements to get into Med school (some of which may surprise you), then transfer to a four-year institution; a specific major is not required, nor even a degree!. I used to do career counseling at a community college and I know that the University of Maryland Medical School does not even require a Bachelor’s degree for admission – only a minimum of 90 credits. Why waste your time on that pablum that they feed you for 12 interminable years in the public school system…

    University of Maryland Medical School Admissions Academic Requirements

    Academic Requirements
    The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and a minimum of 90 hours of accredited arts and science credit are required for matriculation. Credit hours must have been earned at colleges or universities accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations as recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation. Institutions can be searched at the following website to verify their accreditation status: Preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelor’s degree. The following courses must be completed, with a grade of “C” or better, prior to matriculation:

    Semester Hours
    Biological Sciences (with lab) – 8 hours
    Inorganic Chemistry (with lab) – 8 hours
    Organic Chemistry (with lab) – 8 hours
    Physics (with lab) – 8 hours
    English – 6 hours

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