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    Should this student have been suspended for 3 days for wrestling a gun away from another student and saving someone's life?

    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 student, who Fox 4 has agreed not to identify and distort his voice 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 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."

    "If they wouldn't've 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, who disarmed the gunman, was suspended.

    "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."

    The district confirmed three students were suspended in all but wouldn't provide additional information citing privacy concerns.

    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 loaded gun at another student and threatened to shoot authorities charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon "without intent" to kill.

    Fox 4 asked the Lee County Sheriff's Office 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 this time."

    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 assessment center.
    Cypress HS student suspended for disarming gunman? - WFTX-TV Fort Myers/Naples, FL
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    Maybe they suspended him for using such bad grammar on TV, making the school look bad?

    Seriously, though, if three of them were involved and only one was suspended, it makes me think he did a little something extra to deserve it. Maybe gut-kicked the guy after he was on the ground? Bashed his head against the window after the gun was out of his hands? TBH I might have done the same thing, but then I wouldn't be surprised or offended by a 3-day suspension over it.
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    According to the referral, he was suspended for being part of an "incident" where a weapon was present and given an "emergency suspension."

    According to the mother, the school suspended her son because he refused to cooperate in the investigation. She says he was scared.

    "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."
    For now I agree with it. It is an "emergency" situation pending the hearing. We don't know the full story and neither do the police and school. Returning to school before giving statements to police and having it investigated could taint the investigation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    For now I agree with it. It is an "emergency" situation pending the hearing. We don't know the full story and neither do the police and school. Returning to school before giving statements to police and having it investigated could taint the investigation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Maybe they suspended him for using such bad grammar on TV, making the school look bad?

    Seriously, though, if three of them were involved and only one was suspended, it makes me think he did a little something extra to deserve it. Maybe gut-kicked the guy after he was on the ground? Bashed his head against the window after the gun was out of his hands? TBH I might have done the same thing, but then I wouldn't be surprised or offended by a 3-day suspension over it.
    According to this article all 3 teens who disarmed him where suspended.
    Witnessing this life-threatening situation, the teen and two others tackled and disarmed the suspect. When the police arrived at the scene, they arrested the gun-wielding student, Quadryle Davis, and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon “without intent” to kill.

    If the teens who stopped this aggravated assault expected to be hailed as heroes when they returned to school, they were certainly in for a surprise. What actually happened was that, the very next day, the school suspended all three of them. The teen who spoke to WFTX-TV news was shocked.
    High School Student Disarms Gunman – Gets Suspended For ‘Involvement in Violent Incident’

    The district confirmed three students were suspended in all but wouldn't provide additional information citing privacy concerns.
    http://www.fox4now.com/news/local/194396721.html
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