As Mickey Haller proclaims in The Lincoln Lawyer, everyone lies. Whenever I read a story involving criminal minds (or lack thereof) I take it with a grain of salt the size of a glacial erratic. To wit: “A Florida high school student wrestled a loaded gun away from another teen on the bus ride home this week and was slapped with a suspension in return. The 16-year-old Cypress Lake High student in Fort Myers, Fla. told authorities there was ‘no doubt’ he saved a life after grappling for the loaded .22 caliber revolver being aimed point-blank at another student on Tuesday. ‘I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there,’ said the suspended student, not identified by WFTX because of safety concerns. ‘Not taking no pity.'” And what, pray tell, led to this armed encounter . . .
The student said the suspect, a football player, threatened to shoot a teammate because he had been arguing with his friend.
Authorities confirmed to WFTX the weapon was indeed loaded, and the arrest report stated the suspect, identified by WVZN-TV as Quadryle Davis, was “pointing the gun directly” at the other student and “threatening to shoot him.”
That’s when, the teen told the station, he and two others tackled the suspect and wrestled the gun away. The next day, all three were suspended.
“How they going to suspend me for doing the right thing?” he asked.
How are they going to teach Florida’s children to speak grammatically? Somehow I don’t think the Florida public school system will be addressing that issue in the near future. But when it comes to violent incidents, they have an app for that . . .
The school’s referral slip said he was given an “emergency suspension” for being involved in an “incident” with a weapon. Lee County School District spokesman Alberto Rodriguez said in a statement that “If there is a potentially dangerous situation, Florida law allows the principal to suspend a student immediately pending a hearing.”
“Those kids had to fight for their lives,” the mother of the suspended teen said. “All the kids that was involved in this they should have a pat on their backs because they did the right thing to save someone from burying their child.”
Maybe. Maybe not. I’m no lawyer, but I reckon there’s some sort of confidentiality clause that prevents journalistic access to that info. What are the odds there’ll be a follow-up story revealing the full deets of this close encounter of the firearms kind?
As a blogger, I shouldn’t judge, but what does Rush call this sort of thing? Right; the drive-by media. Meanwhile, I wonder if there’s any gang angle to this story . . .
Anyway, it behooves gun owners to remember that the mainstream media is fueled by righteous indignation on both sides of the firearms divide. We need to keep our friends close, our BS detectors closer.