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High School Student Disarms Gunman…Gets Suspended

Matt Grant
FOX4
March 3rd, 2013
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FOX4: FORT MYERS, Fla. – A 16-year-old Cypress Lake High School student, who wrestled a loaded revolver away from a teen threatening to shoot, is being punished.

The student grappled the gun away from the 15-year-old suspect on the bus ride home Tuesday after witnesses say he aimed the weapon point blank at another student and threatened to shoot him.

The student, who Fox 4 has agreed not to identify because he fears for his safety, says there’s “no doubt” he saved a life by disarming the gunman. And for that he was suspended for three days.

“I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,” the student said. “Not taking no pity.”

The student says he wrestled the .22 caliber RG-14 Revolver away from the suspect, a football player, who witnesses say threatened to shoot a teammate because he had been arguing with his friend.

“No doubt,” the student said, “he was going to shoot him point blank.”

The teen we spoke to and authorities both confirm the Revolver was loaded. According to the arrest report the suspect, who Fox 4 is not naming because he is a minor, was “pointing the gun directly” at another student and “threatening to shoot him.”

That’s when the student we spoke with says he and two others tackled the teen and wrestled away the gun. The next day the school slapped him with a three day suspension.

“It’s dumb,” he said. “How they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?”

According to the referral, he was suspended for being part of an “incident” where a weapon was present and given an “emergency suspension.”

“If they wouldn’t of did what they had to do on that bus,” the teen’s mother said, “I think there would have been a lot of fatalities.”

The mother agreed to talk with us in disguise. She can’t understand why her son, and two other students who disarmed the gunman, were all suspended.

“Those kids had to fight for their lives,” she said. “All the kids that was involved in this they should have a pat on their backs because they did the right thing to save someone from burying their child.”

According to the mother, the school suspended her son because he refused to cooperate in the investigation. She says he was scared.

Fox 4 asked the Lee County School District about the suspension.

“We cannot discuss specifics involving students,” said district spokesman Alberto Rodriguez in a statement. “Florida law allows the principal to suspend a student immediately pending a hearing.”

On Thursday Fox 4 tried to get answers from Tracey Perkins, the principal of Cypress Lake High School.

“Were those students suspended?,” asked Fox 4 reporter Matt Grant, before she drove off.

“Ya’ll should be ashamed of yourselves,” the teen’s mother said referring to the school’s administration, adding that the suspended students “need their education.”

The teen who wrestled the gun away can go back to school Monday, his mother said.

Despite the fact the suspect pointed a load gun at another student and threatened to shoot authorities charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon “without intent” to kill.

We asked the sheriff’s office about that.

“The investigation is ongoing,” said Sgt. David Valez in a statement. “The charges presented to [the suspect] are based on our findings at this time.”

Authorities were unable to watch the school bus surveillance video because the cameras weren’t working.

The 15-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with posession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

He was taken to the juvenile justice center.

Last month, a 14-year-old Mariner Middle School was arrested for bringing a .22 caliber gun and a Panther brand stungun to class.

Matt Grant
mgrant@fox4now.com

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  • David B

    Frigging libtards!! Oh what about the bus driver?!! He has to go also!! The driver of the bus was part of the “incedent”!! Just stupid!!!

  • jimbo

    Bureaucrats at their best! Got to go by the book now get in line for the lovely gas chamber! Total bs! He saved a life and was punished for it. Lord have mercy on our country!

  • The Arizona Patriot

    Their reaction sounds like they are pissed at those three students who messed up a false flag. The school officials would have gotten national coverage, government money, and speaking engagements paid for by the anti-gun crowd. Think of all the money and fame lost because of 3 brave teens. Of course they are PISSED.

    This shows what kind of nation we live in. If you research these school officials I bet you will find dems who are anti gun and commies.

    Thank you for brave teens who threw a monkey wrench into this plan.

  • the war next door

    the Arizona patriot is right the elite is trying to disarm us so they can move along with there one world government and one world currency they have disarmed the rest of the world and our 4 fathers had delt with the morgans and rothschilds that’s why they said 2nd amendment shall not be infringed they new what there plans were

  • Marty

    The authorities love to say they can’t comment because it is under investigation, it is in many cases just a convenient excuse to cover things up.

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