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Student Suspended After Disarming Gunman In Florida, Victim Says Suspension Is ‘Crazy’

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In Florida, a student was suspended after disarming a gunman, and the strange part is that the basic facts are not in dispute here.

According to a local Fox affiliate, the student suspended after disarming a gunman indeed engaged in some pretty commendable, brave actions — and was summarily punished for reluctance to put himself further in harm’s way.

While there is no guarantee lives were saved by the student suspended after disarming a gunman, there is also seemingly no doubt that the teen seems to have stepped up and prevented the possibility of a shooting in a pretty high-stress situation.

The station reports:

“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.”

Other students now say the student suspended for disarming a gunman seems to have genuinely defused a tense situation, one in which it appears that escalation may very well have been deadly — one fellow classmate present on the bus where the altercation and subsequent disarming occurred said:

“I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there … Not taking no pity.”

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None of the kids involved in the incident have been identified in media reports, but both the student who disarmed the gunman and the apparent target of the armed student have explained the events they say led to the suspension of the teen who stepped in.

While the student suspended for disarming the gunman was deemed “uncooperative” by school officials at Cypress Lake High School in Florida, the kid who didn’t get shot sees his apparent savior in a different light — he explains:

“That’s crazy … I would have probably been the next murder and counting in the city [had the student not disarmed the gunman.]“

According to Cypress Lake High School Principal Tracy Perks, the suspension came not because the student intervened, but because he was reluctant to report the presence of a gun due to fear of retalation. Perks reportedly fumed:

“There are other circumstances involved in this situation and … NO students were suspended/punished for helping disarm another student of a firearm.”

An official school statement about the incident and suspensions read:

“The District has completed its investigation regarding an incident that took place on February 26, 2013, regarding multiple Cypress Lake High School students. The District is unable to comment regarding the specific disciplinary measures taken against specific students. However, it must be noted that during the initial investigation conducted by the administration of Cypress Lake High School the students involved refused to cooperate with school authorities regarding the events that occurred. As a result, appropriate disciplinary actions were taken at that time. Subsequently, law enforcement along with school officials have acquired additional information that has provided the complete picture of what occurred that day. Certain students involved have been and will be disciplined in accordance with that additional information consistent with the Code of Student Conduct and Florida law. The District will be making no further comment regarding this matter.”

Do you think the student suspended for disarming a gunman should have been punished for “not snitching?”

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5 Responses to “Student Suspended After Disarming Gunman In Florida, Victim Says Suspension Is ‘Crazy’”

  1. Nick Havoc

    I cant view it :(

    But I hope you take the time to read and consider this:

    If the man owning the gun was legally responsible, breaking no laws it's just as if someone took away a knife from you if you were eating with it, because you COULD hurt them. Or smoking a cigarette where legally acceptable because they COULD get second hand smoke. We don't take away penises from men because they COULD commit rape. And we most certainly don't punish innocent people for crimes they did not commit.

    You see the most dangerous thing we entrust with the ignorant and irresponsible aren't guns, marriage, alcohol, licenses, or tobacco. It is the right to vote. We entrust the racists, criminals, hatemongers, corrupt, and greedy with equal voices in this nation alongside the altruistic and just. Taking away guns won't bring back dead kids from a massacre. But owning guns might prevent the women you love from being raped in a nearly morally corrupt world that we live in already. It might save you from a tyrannical occupation by powers foreign or domestic who would seek to undo the US Constitution. The founding fathers already dealt with gun control once on behalf of the British. They said never again. So don't be afraid of guns. Be afraid of the day when you are told you can't have them. During World War II the Japanese generals advised not to invade the mainland US, because "there would be a gun waiting for them behind every blade of grass." America is as prosperous and as safe as it is because we have the wealth in our nation's resources and the firepower of our military as well as our citizens.

    Gun control has been enacted in Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Communist China, Cuba, and Cambodia. All places with mass genocides. Leading up to the holocaust, many Jews being peaceful and the most educated in Germany were for gun control only to realize what had happened as it was too late. The Jews who survived the Holocaust said never again, and that is why Israelis are so ready to bear arms. Better to die on your feet fighting for liberty and your life than be treated like an animal again. I went to hear a holocaust survivor speak at CSUN. Powerful stuff. When you think of the slaughter, and hear a man say how his family were murdered like animals, you realize how no government will protect you and your family as far and as much as you would go to save them.

    `Firearms have been around for over 400 years, yet it is only in the last 20 years that people have begun shouting "gun control". Why then, only recently, has this become such an issue? Moreover, why are there more mass-murderers than at any other time in our known history? It is not because weapons are more powerful — 200-year-old muzzleloaders have a much greater force-per-round than today's "assault rifles". It is not because weapons are semi- or fully-automatic — rapid-fire weapons have been available for most of the last century. It is not due to a lack of laws — we have more "gun control" laws than ever. It IS, however, because we have chosen to focus on "gun control" instead of crime control or "thug control." It IS because only recently has the public become complacent enough to accept, by inaction, the violence present in our society.' – Kevin Langston, Tuesday, 29 October, 1991

    ^^^ what that means is we don't kill criminals or fight them ourselves as citizens like we used to. And people wonder why cops are so quick to shoot a suspect. Maybe it's because we don't try to fight for ourselves anymore? We leave it all up to them.

  2. Anthony Kaufman

    nick, a 16 year old kid on a school bus pointed a loaded gun at another kid and told him he was going to shoot him….the kid who stepped in got suspended because he didn't report the presence of a gun

  3. Donald Wayne

    If this happened OFF school property, the school has NO JURISDICTION. Th Bus company and police have the authority to arrest and detain and prosecute. The school is absent any legal claim OFF their property, the student is NOT a student outside the school grounds, he is a Human Being and has Sovereign rights NOT affiliated with the school when he is off school grounds. If I was the parents I would file a complaint and Lien on the school. The parents pay taxes to fund the school, not to have their son deprived of rights.