Three high school students in Florida have been suspended following an incident involving a gun this week. However, according to a report published by WFTX FOX 4 on Friday, March 1, the students that were suspended quite possibly saved lives by disarming another student threatening to shoot.
The incident involved five students from Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers. The students were all on a bus together when two of them got into an argument. One of those involved in the argument, then pulled out a loaded .22 revolver, pointed it at another student and threatened to shoot. The three other students then stepped in, tackled the gunman, and after briefly wrestling, ultimately disarmed him.
A mother of one of the students states that her son was suspended because he refused to cooperate, but that he was just scared. However, the referral from the school states that the suspension resulted from him being connected to an incident involving a weapon.
The student with the gun was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center. He was charged with possession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. However, another student stated that there was “no doubt he was going to shoot him point blank.” While the teenage boy with his raging teenage hormones might possibly could have simply made a bad decision without underlying deadly intentions, one must devise that if a loaded gun is pointed at another person and they are threatening to shoot, their intentions are not good ones.
The sheriff’s office stated that “the investigation is ongoing.”
The school principal refused to comment on the incident, which will likely become a PR nightmare.
Surveillance video from the school bus could not be viewed, as the equipment was not working at the time.
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