Student Suspended After Disarming Gunman

I’m not sure what to make of this story but a Florida high school student was suspended after disarming a gunman:

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 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.


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 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 suspension.”

I’m not sure if this is the result of another idiotic zero tolerance policy or if the school faculty are trying to discourage students from coming to the aid of their fellow students. Either way this reaction on behalf of the school seems incredibly idiotic unless there is a great deal more to the story than is being reported.

2 thoughts on “Student Suspended After Disarming Gunman”

  1. I knew school systems were screwy when I was suspended for being beat up (which was also the last time I did not defend myself) but this is the kind of thing you are supposed to praise and throw the kid a parade or something. But suspending him because he directly put his life in danger to protect a fellow student is asinine to an extreme.

    1. I’m sure they don’t want to encourage students to defend their fellows, it stands the potential to reduce the number of dead children that can be used to advocate for more gun control.

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