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Student suspended for wrestling loaded revolver away from gunman

- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 3, 2013

A 16-year-old student from Fort Myers, Fla., was suspended for three days after he wrestled a loaded gun away from another student on the school bus.

The Cypress Lake High School student grappled a loaded .22-caliber RG-14 revolver away from the 15-year-old suspect on the ride home Tuesday.

Witnesses say the suspect, a football player, aimed the weapon point-blank at a teammate and threatened to shoot him.

"I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there," said the student who wrestled the gun away and who requested to be unidentified.

"No doubt he was going to shoot him point-blank," he added.

According to Fox4Now.com, the student was suspended for his role in an "incident" in which a weapon was present and given an "emergency suspension."

"It's dumb," he said. "How they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?"

"We cannot discuss specifics involving students," district spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said in a statement, according to Fox4Now.com. "Florida law allows the principal to suspend a student immediately pending a hearing."

Principal Tracey Perkins refused to comment.

The 15-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, Fox4Now.com reports.

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