They say no good deed goes unpunished, and that seems to be true for one high school student who reportedly stopped a school bus shooting. Instead of being given an A-plus in Heroism in Life Studies, the 16-year-old was suspended. It all started when the teen was reportedly riding the bus to school in Fort Myers, Florida, when another student took out a gun and aimed it "point blank" at a student he was intending to shoot.
At this point, the student claims he tackled the other and wrestled the gun away from the suspect, a 15-year-old who has been arrested, and disarmed him. Said the student, who remains unidentified:
I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there. Not taking no pity. No doubt he was going to shoot him point blank.
But instead of being hailed as a hero, the teen was automatically suspended for having a "role" in an incident involving a gun. The teen asks the question I'm sure asking myself right now:
How are they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?
Well, apparently the school did, and it's sticking by its story that the teen is suspended until the incident can be investigated. And the teen's mother told a local TV station that the reason her son was suspended was that he refused to cooperate with the investigation. But his mother says that's because he's scared.
If witnesses corroborate the teen's story, then the school needs to immediately reward this young man somehow. He cannot grow up believing that helping other people will get him into trouble, so why bother? Schools, you have an obligation to teach children about right and wrong -- to not just punish when wrong, but to praise when right.
Do you think the school should have suspended him?
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