Matt Grant from Fox News Channel 4 in Naples, Florida reports, “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,” notes Grant.
“The student, who Fox 4 has agreed not to identify and distort his voice 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,” according to Fox News.
Principal Tracy Perkins suspended the student because “Florida law allows the principal to suspend a student immediately pending a hearing” according to Lee County District spokesman Alberto Rodriguez.
Lee County citizens are scratching their heads at this suspension of a student who to many is a hero. What message does this send? Step in and save a fellow student from grievous bodily harm and get suspended.
Grant states, “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 possession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.”
The Lee County School District issued the following statement:
“The District has completed its investigation regarding an incident that took place on February 26, 2013, regarding multiple Cypress Lake High School students. The District is unable to comment regarding the specific disciplinary measures taken against specific students. However, it must be noted that during the initial investigation conducted by the administration of Cypress Lake High School the students involved refused to cooperate with school authorities regarding the events that occurred. As a result, appropriate disciplinary actions were taken at that time. Subsequently, law enforcement along with school officials have acquired additional information that has provided the complete picture of what occurred that day. Certain students involved have been and will be disciplined in accordance with that additional information consistent with the Code of Student Conduct and Florida law. The District will be making no further comment regarding this matter.”