A 16-year-old student who attends the Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, Florida, was suspended, along with two of his classmates, from school. What was their infraction? They wrestled away a loaded .22 caliber RG-14 revolver from a younger student who had aimed point-blank at another student on a school bus. The student with the gun allegedly threatened to shoot a football teammate because he had been arguing with his friend. (Incidentally, Cypress Lake HS has had trigger-happy students before. Among the distinguished alumni of the Cypress Lake High School is Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the Beltway snipers whose murderous rampage of ten persons kept our nation on edge for three weeks in October 2002.)
Media reports indicate that the local authorities did confirm that the revolver involved in the incident was loaded. Further, the arrest report indicated that the suspect, identified as 15-year-old Quadryle Davis, was “pointing the gun directly” at the student and “threatening to shoot him.” It was at this time that our unknown hero and his friends tackled the suspect and wrestled the gun away. The three heroes were suspended the next day by Principal Tracy Perkins. The heroes were not named for fear of retribution, but in an interview with WFTX-TV said, one of the suspended students said that there was “no doubt” he saved a life, as “I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there. Not taking any pity.”
Florida law allows a principal to suspend a student on an emergency basis pending a hearing, and the suspension form in this case indicated that the students were given an “emergency suspension” for being involved with an “incident” with a weapon. In an interview with local media, the mother of one of the suspended teens observed that the children sought to protect their lives. The mother further observed that the teens, rather than being suspended, should have received recognition because they saved someone from burying their child. Indeed they should. I am not a cynical man, but a cynic might suggest that anti-gun activists and their political allies need more dead children because our society should not allow young people, or anyone else for that matter, to defend themselves or others. When faced with a shooter, that same cynic could readily think that our nation cannot permit citizens to think that they can defend themselves. After all, shouldn’t one allow himself to be killed for the good of the collective.
It seems to me that wise parents would get their kids out of Cypress Lake High School as soon as they can. And perhaps Principal Perkins should also undergo an “emergency suspension” as well for failing to protect students properly by preventing students from coming onto school property with loaded weapons. If you wish to contact Principal Tracy Perkins, you can telephone her at 239.481.2233. I telephoned her, but she hasn’t returned my call yet.