A 16-year-old high school student and two others who wrestled a gun away from another teenager threatening to shoot are being treated as anything but heroes — in fact, they were suspended by their high school for the potential life-saving actions.
A sophomore at Cypress Lake High School in Florida led the two others in taking the gun away from a 15-year-old who was threatening to shoot on the bus ride home on Tuesday. Witnesses told Fox 4 Now that the student aimed the weapon point blank at another student and threatened to pull the trigger.
The spat allegedly took place between the gun-wielding student, identified by WVZN-TV as Quadryle Davis, and another teen who had been arguing with his friend.
The student who was targeted said he saw Davis with a gun in his lap. They then began to fight, and Davis pointed the gun at him and threatened to shoot.
“I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,” said the student who wrestled the .22 caliber RG-14 Revolver away. “Not taking no pity.”
He added: “No doubt. He was going to shoot him point blank.”
Authorities confirmed that the gun was loaded.
The 16-year-old tackled the potential shooter, a football player, and two others joined to help get the gun away.
The next day, all three students who wrestled the gun away were suspended for three days.
“Those kids had to fight for their lives,” said the mother of the 16-year-old student who led the charge to disarm the gun wielding student. “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 authorities told the mom that her son was suspended for not cooperating, but she said he was afraid.
The students who wrestled the gun away can return from their suspension on Monday.