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Posted: 1/13/2006 9:40:33 AM EDT
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LONGWOOD, Fla. - A suicidal eighth grader who pulled a handgun in class and briefly took another child hostage was shot by a SWAT team member Friday when he later threatened deputies, Seminole County officials said.
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Sheriff Don Eslinger said the 15-year-old boy brought the gun to Milwee Middle School in his backpack and briefly took a fellow student hostage during a classroom scuffle.

The student then ran from the classroom and was pursued by deputies into a restroom and isolated there, Eslinger said. The school was evacuated, and no one else was injured. Officials with the sheriff's office said they had not confirmed whether the gun the boy had was real or a toy.

"At one time he held the gun to his neck. As the deputies attempted to establish dialogue, he raised the firearm and lethal force was used by the sheriff's office," Eslinger said.

The boy was taken to the hospital. His condition was unknown.

"He was suicidal," Eslinger said. "During this standoff, and during the chase, the student said he was going to kill himself or die."

Classes were canceled for the rest of the day, and frantic parents arrived to pick up their children.

"When I saw the news, I just couldn't believe this was my daughter's school. I came right away," said Anil Santos, whose daughter, Aleister, is in eighth grade.

Sarah Tivy, a seventh grader, said some students were frightened, but she appeared calm.

"I just figured that if someone is going to bring a gun to school, then they need to be taken out of school," the 12-year-old said.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:43:01 AM EDT
quite sad actually

Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:44:26 AM EDT
Shoot the hostage!






No seriously. Suicidal or not, they had no choice but to shoot him when he raised it. And by not killing him they saved his life
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:44:57 AM EDT
Anyone else notice that this is a 15 year old EIGTH GRADER???

A bit old to be in 8th grade, isn't he?

A 15 year old with a handgun is still a lethal threat. Suicide by cop is never a fun thing for an officer to go through.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:45:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By USGI_45:
quite sad actually




sad for everyone

including the deputies who were forced into what sounds like another suicide by cop
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:45:18 AM EDT
aww the poor thing
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:46:30 AM EDT
thinning the herd
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:46:36 AM EDT
Looks like he got what he wanted. Stupid fuck shouldn't have pulled the cops and everyone else into it. Better off manning up and doing it himself.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:47:44 AM EDT
What's wrong with that? He'd only have been 20 when he graduated.h.gif


Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Anyone else notice that this is a 15 year old EIGTH GRADER???

A bit old to be in 8th grade, isn't he?

A 15 year old with a handgun is still a lethal threat. Suicide by cop is never a fun thing for an officer to go through.

Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:55:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sousa:
What's wrong with that? He'd only have been 20 when if he graduated.


Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Anyone else notice that this is a 15 year old EIGTH GRADER???

A bit old to be in 8th grade, isn't he?

A 15 year old with a handgun is still a lethal threat. Suicide by cop is never a fun thing for an officer to go through.


Link Posted: 1/13/2006 9:59:43 AM EDT
If I was 15 and still in the 8th grade, I'd probably be suicidal too.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 10:06:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2006 10:07:43 AM EDT by Noname]

"So what are you like in the 17th Grade...?"
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 10:09:11 AM EDT
"took another child hostage was shot by a SWAT team member Friday when he later threatened deputies"

Yeah, I'd have wacked him too.

Did the dog make it?
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 10:19:43 AM EDT
How long before the "Why couldn't they just wrestle him down?" crowd gets here?
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 10:22:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:
"took another child hostage was shot by a SWAT team member Friday when he later threatened deputies"

Yeah, I'd have wacked him too.

Did the dog make it?




No...He was held back a grade.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 10:22:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
How long before the "Why couldn't they just wrestle him down?" crowd gets here?



Or the "why couldnt they have used a stun gun or mace?" crowd.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 11:31:03 AM EDT
GOOD SHOOT AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 11:38:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Anyone else notice that this is a 15 year old EIGTH GRADER???

A bit old to be in 8th grade, isn't he?

A 15 year old with a handgun is still a lethal threat. Suicide by cop is never a fun thing for an officer to go through.



Kids are cute until they find out where the safety is...
~Dg84
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 12:06:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2006 12:07:39 PM EDT by BuckeyeRifleman]

Originally Posted By sousa:
What's wrong with that? He'd only have been 20 when he graduated.


Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Anyone else notice that this is a 15 year old EIGTH GRADER???

A bit old to be in 8th grade, isn't he?

A 15 year old with a handgun is still a lethal threat. Suicide by cop is never a fun thing for an officer to go through.




hey I was 15 when I got out of middleschool

The cool part is I was driving by the end of freshman year
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 12:09:22 PM EDT
the kid is lucky


did somebody say there was a dog?
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 12:11:28 PM EDT
So sad.


What I want to know is....Did the SWAT guy have a mask on?

Link Posted: 1/13/2006 12:13:30 PM EDT
I blame Airsoft and the entire series of the Land Before Time movies.

Quake 3 and Counter-Strike are not at fault.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 12:15:26 PM EDT
Now he knows that it sucks to get shot, and probably wont say he would shoot himself ever again. Lesson learned!
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 12:30:55 PM EDT
8th grade should be banned


completely unsafe for the children
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 10:15:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jollyroger:

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
How long before the "Why couldn't they just wrestle him down?" crowd gets here?



Or the "why couldnt they have used a stun gun or mace?" crowd.



One of them showed up in one of the dupe threads and clearly hadn't learned what really happened before he posted his stupid comment.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 10:20:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KNYTE:
I blame Airsoft and the entire series of the Land Before Time movies.

Quake 3 and Counter-Strike are not at fault.



Land before time made me build an altar to the dinosaurs as a child. They demanded sacrifice, so I tortured and killed small animals.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 10:28:59 PM EDT
That stupid little student modified a PELLET GUN to make it look more realistic.....looks like he got a big dose of realism for his troubles.

Look at it on the bright side....the other students learned a valuable lesson. They learned that if they bring/brandish a real gun or or modify their Daisy RedRyder ......SWAT WILL shoot them.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 10:30:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By blacklisted:

Originally Posted By KNYTE:
I blame Airsoft and the entire series of the Land Before Time movies.

Quake 3 and Counter-Strike are not at fault.



Land before time made me build an altar to the dinosaurs as a child. They demanded sacrifice, so I tortured and killed small animals.



The gods are pleased...
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