Before anyone knew his secret, he began to cry and admitted his wrongdoing. Last Monday, a student at New Heights Middle School in Jefferson took a gun to school because he said he had been bullied long enough.
As the Chesterfield County School District has a Zero Tolerance policy, District Public Information Officer Ken Buck said the student, age 12, will be recommended for expulsion. Buck also said the school board has strict policies in place for bullying, and those reports will be handled in accordance with board policy as well.
“I feel sorry for the kid,” said Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker, ” but there are consequences for carrying a loaded handgun to school.”
According to the incident report from the Sheriff’s Office, when the student began to cry, the teacher, not knowing the problem, approached by the student and a full confession followed. “The subject handed a loaded handgun with four bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber,” to his teacher, the report said.
The report said the student told his principal, and other authorities, he had hoped to “scare him into not bullying him anymore.” The gun, according to the report, “was his mother’s handgun that he took from her drawer.”
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.