Student Suspended for Disarming Gunman Ready to Shoot Boy

Tuesday, 05 Mar 2013 09:45 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A Florida high school student was suspended last week after he tackled a fellow student who was threatening to shoot people on the school bus with a loaded gun.

The 16-year-old Cypress Lake High School student, who chose not to be identified for his own safety, and a few others wrestled to get the .22 caliber loaded revolver away from the 15-year-old suspect during the bus ride home on Feb. 26. Witnesses told police the suspect had aimed the gun point blank at another student and threatened to shoot him.

"I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there," the student who took the gun away told Fox 4 News. "Not taking no pity."

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The suspect was arrested after police confirmed he was "pointing the gun directly" at another boy and "threatening to shoot him," according to the arrest report. Police declined to identify the suspect because he is a minor. Despite the fact that he pointed a loaded gun at someone, the suspect was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon "without intent" to kill, and possession of a firearm on school property.

Authorities were unable to watch the bus surveillance footage because the cameras weren’t working, according to Fox 4 News.

Meanwhile, the school slapped the 16-year-old student with a three-day emergency suspension for reportedly being part of an incident in which a weapon was present.

"If they wouldn't've did what they had to do on that bus," the teen's mother, who also declined to be identified, told Fox 4 News, "I think there would have been a lot of fatalities."

The student's mother said she can't understand why her son was punished for saving lives.

"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."

School district officials declined to comment on the suspension.

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

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