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Cypress HS students 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
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
"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
"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
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.
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