I saw the picture in a photo and it showed one boy shooting another boy with a pistol and the boy getting shot name written on the picture. It just happened to be the boy getting shot called David, was in the same class, and the kid who drew it bragged about what it meant.
If this is true, then I have no problem at all with the school intervening. It could just as easily be an obvious "warning sign" of a potential shooting. The fact that the person in the drawing had a name (according to information above), and demonstrated that person being shot, is plenty of reason to step in and do something about it.
If the kid had come to school and shot this "David", and then this drawing was found, everyone would be calling this preventable, and blame the school for not doing anything about it.
While I do not agree with the actual Zero Tolerance Policy itself, this is not something that should be ignored. In order to prevent further school shootings, considering the last decade, this is the kind of intervention that needs to be made.
Drawing a named classmate being shot is not something to be ignored, plain and simple. I call anyone a fool who thinks otherwise.
I nearly got suspended myself back in grade school for drawing a bolt action rifle, the teacher only threatened me for this. Next time, I was working on a drawing of GIJoe toting an M14 in Vietnam with paratroopers dropping in (Silly I know) and the teacher snapped, sent me to the office in an instant for "In-School Suspension" *shrug*
I'll freely admit I'm a slow learner on these "evil" things, to quote my old teacher.
My younger brother once drew a tree and all the branches were Nazi Swastikas. The teachers were a little concerned, but we explained that our father is into heavy war gaming and military modeling and vowed it wouldn't happen again.
However I remember drawing lots of stick figures too fighting each other, and enjoyed making huge under ground 'bases' and things like that.
All I can remember getting in trouble for drawing-wise is when I drew the Hindenburg (did a good job for once). I put every detail into it, including the swastikas on the tail. I don't see why i got in trouble for it. THere's no use denying history.
I never got in trouble in school for gun stuff though. Probably because I always read gun magazines in class. Ell oh ell.