A Florida high school student is being suspended after he wrestled a loaded gun away from another student who was threatening to shoot.
The incident happened on a Cypress Lake High School bus. The 16-year-old boy fought with the suspect, who had a loaded .22 caliber revolver, after he aimed it at another student and threatened to shoot him.
The student who wrestled with him for the gun said there was “no doubt” he would have shot the other student if he did not intervene.
While everyone on the bus thought of the teen as a hero, he was suspended the next day by the school for three days.
Another bus rider said he thought the teen was “really going to shoot him right then and there.”
The school said they suspended the boy for his role in an “incident” where a weapon was present. They described it as an “emergency suspension.”
It started when the student began threatening to shoot a fellow football player he had been arguing with. The teen then began fighting the football player for the gun and eventually retrieved it from him.
“It’s dumb,” the teen said. “How are they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?”
His mother spoke to local media about her outrage. “If they wouldn’t have did what they had to do on that bus,” she said, “I think there would have been a lot of fatalities.”
Authorities arrested the suspected gunman and charged him with possession of a firearm on school property and assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
David Valez, Sergeant at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, said an investigation is ongoing.
There was no video of the incident as the bus surveillance cameras were not working at the time.
The high school refused to comment.
“We cannot discuss specifics involving students,” district spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said. “Florida law allows the principal to suspend a student immediately pending a hearing.”
The boy who wrestled the gun away from the gunman will be allowed to return to school on Monday.