It is time that parents remove the socialist political hacks from the school board and weed out those administrators and teachers who display a lack of common sense. To suspend a student for potentially saving the life of another student is not only wrong – it is a tragedy – sending the message that the liberals want you to be shot dead rather than putting your life at risk intervening in a weapon-related incident.
Cypress HS student suspended for disarming gunman? -- Student gets 3 day suspension after wrestling away gun
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 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. "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 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've 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, who disarmed the gunman, was suspended.
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." The district confirmed three students were suspended in all but wouldn't provide additional information citing privacy concerns.
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. 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. He was taken to the juvenile assessment center. <Source>
Bottom line …
How many people want to bet that the progressives will allow a plea bargain and the weapon charge will fade away. The correct charge should be Assault with a Deadly Weapon WITH INTENT TO KILL – why else would that have weapon be used offensively instead of defensively. We cannot continue to allow juveniles to skate justice on gun charges as it sends the message that juveniles are getting a pass when it comes to illegally possessing, brandishing, and/or using a weapon. Pretty much why the organized gangs are training and using younger children as shooters and enforcers – knowing that they are not likely to be charged as adults.
Whatever happened to “use a gun, go to jail?” And, rewarding heroes for meritorious live-saving actions in the face of personal danger? Something that is not well-understood by the sniveling coward progressives who want you to beg for your life rather than risking it with definitive aggressive action. Where were the authorities, ready to step in and save the victim’s life? I am not suggesting you arm students, but I am suggesting you punish miscreants and reward heroism with something other than a three-day suspension. Once the facts were known by law enforcement, the school should have acted appropriately. I suggest that the Administrator be demoted or fired for a stunning lack of commonsense. Zero tolerance for stupidity!