Student suspended After Disarming Gunman On School Bus
Three high-school students in Florida disarmed a fellow student who pulled out a gun on their school bus.
The student who brought the gun is a 15 year old football player who is being charged with bringing the gun onto school property, but is not being charged with intent to kill.
After he pulled out the gun, students attempted to wrestle it away from him.
They believed he had the intent to kill them.
The 15-year-old suspected gunman was reportedly arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office following the threat and subsequent scuffle, authorities confirmed. At this point, he has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon “without intent to kill,” according to a police report about the incident cited in local media reports. The investigation, however, is still underway.
“I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there. Not taking no pity … he was going to shoot him point blank,” one suspended student, 16, told Fox4 in Fort Meyers about the incident, adding that he was confused about why he was being punished for disarming a potential murderer. “It’s dumb…. How [are] they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?”
Witnesses, including the victim, confirmed that version of events to another local media outlet, ABC-7. According to the victim’s account, he noticed the 15-year-old suspect had a gun on his lap and then made eye contact with him. The suspect then stood up and the two began fighting, the victim told ABC-7.
“I said, ‘Are you going to shoot me bro?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to whack you,’” the victim told reporters about what happened, adding that other students on the bus then rushed the suspect and grabbed his gun before tragedy struck. “I’m thankful for the people that came to help…. I was scared; I thought my life was in danger.”
The students who did the noble act have been suspended and are confused as to why they are being punished when they believe they did the right thing.
The student who had the gun pointed at him said the gunmen told him he was going to shoot him and that is when a couple of other classmates came over to help get the gun out of his possession. At this time, the local police have confirmed the 15 year old perpetrator pulled out the gun and pointed it at another student, before being taken down.
The next day, all three were suspended.
“How they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?” he asked.
The school’s referral slip said he was given an “emergency suspension” for being involved in an “incident” with a weapon. It is also important to point out that the school bus camera was not working when the incident occurred.
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