Fifth Grader Flees School After Death Threats

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Rudy Washington, an 11-year-old student at Wegienka Elementary in the Brownstown Charter Township, Michigan, is afraid to go to school because another student allegedly threatened to kill him.

"He said ‘When I turn 13 my granddad is going to give me a shotgun and I am going to shoot your head off,’” Rudy told FOX 2 Detroit.

Rudy’s mother, Starr Washington, said she doesn’t believe the school is doing enough to protect her son. "It makes me angry and it makes me worried," she said. "And I'm not going to put Rudy in that type of situation.”

The school’s principal told Starr that the fifth grader also threatened to stab Rudy with a pair of scissors. "He was rubbing it against his hands and started rubbing them against his face," Rudy recalled. "He was just mouthing it out 'I'm going to kill you, I'm going to kill you.'"

Rudy claims that the next day, the boy made a gun with school supplies. The student was suspended, but he has since returned to school. "Where are the teachers at?” Starr asked. "How did it even escalate to this point?”

Rudy went to the instructor who allegedly chastised him for telling on another student. Starr plans to take Rudy to private school in the fall, but in the meantime she’s keeping him at home. "He has shown a pattern of behavior and he's clearly getting a slap on the wrist," Starr said of the student who’s allegedly harassing her son.

Starr asked to meet with the boy’s parents to resolve the issue, but was ignored. According to the Wegienka Elementary handbook, the school has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, and encourages victims to go to their teachers.

Sources: FOX 2 Detroit, Wegienka Elementary school handbook / Photo credit: FOX 2 Detroit

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