Marshall Co. Student Expelled For Bringing A Pellet Gun To School

Posted on: 2:47 pm, October 31, 2013, by , updated on: 12:12am, November 2, 2013

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Guntersville student is expelled after he brought a pellet gun to school.

Officials aren’t releasing the name of the student, but they did tell WHNT News 19 he’s a seventh grader at Guntersville Middle School. They say their decision to expell him stemmed from several different instances.

Guntersville City School superintendent Dr. Dale Edwards says this all started just over a week ago when the seventh grader brought the pellet gun in his backpack. He says the student was bragging to other students that he had it, and then the situation took a different turn. “He had made some threats to some other students and also to some administrators at the school so we took that very seriously,” Edwards says.

Edwards says the student was telling his peers if they told teachers he would ‘take care of them.’ Edwards says the student brought the gun from home, but he says his mother told school officials she doesn’t know how he got it. “That young man was brought before the Board of Education for a hearing last Monday night,” Edwards says.

The student is expelled for one year from Guntersville schools. School board members say they’re wokring with the Juvenile Probation Office to determine the student’s future in the school system.

5 comments

  • bob says:

    Ms. Mayors , husband runs the middle school, maybe Mr. Dollar should have not let this problem ,get out of hand ,over a week ago.

  • Counsel with the parent(s), and the child! Seems the problem began at home? REVERSE the “one year suspension!”

  • Danielle says:

    I’m so glad that our school systems try to fix problems and help children. (sarcasm) This aggravates me. Expelling him and calling the Juvenile Probation Office isn’t going to help him. If anything.. its going to make him rebel, the problem get worse, and he will be one of those people you see on the news robbing banks, cooking dope, and in and out of jail all the time.

  • Hope says:

    Some of these statements are fact but some are false. Fact: 7th grade boy did bring pellet gun to school. False: problems started more than a week ago. Fact: he did tell students ‘don’t tell’ & threaten some with ‘or else.’ False: he did not threaten ‘some administrators.’ Fact: When asked if he had something the principal should know about, he said ‘yes & told him about it & where it is. The alleged threat was taken from a journal entry found during search of back pack. At board meeting the one line was recited that were threatening but indirect. Fact: the entry was written 3-4 weeks ago and shares his feels of being tired of being treated as bad, how it was killing him (the boy). It about how he is treated at the school.
    Question: why does he feel treated bad? why hasnt the school tried to better meet his needs 1 week ago, 3 weeks ago or his entire school year? School has the responsibility to identify and evaluate any child who may have a been for a 504 plan.
    Fact: He is in advanced classes, makes good grades. He is a 12 year old boy. He will not get to return to school until after the year.
    It seems to me that once again the school is setting him up to fail rather than succeed, which may be unintentionally but tragic all the same.

  • Ron says:

    Danielle, I agree with you up to a point. However, I realize these days are different from when I was in the 7th grade. I have personal knowledge of getting into trouble in school. I didn’t carry a weapon to school but I did skip school more times than I attended school. Finally I was confined to a “Juvenile Detention” facility for two weeks. I thought I was a “bad dude” but quickly found out I wasn’t so tuff after all. After the first week there I realized I wanted no part of it and was glad to get back in school and from that time on I gave the school absolutely no trouble. I had to report to a probation officer for a year after getting out of the facility.

    If I had not been sent to the “Juvenile Detention” facility for those two weeks I might very well have become one of those people you describe in your comments.

    This young person needs to find out quickly that breaking school policy is going to land him in even more trouble later on. He also needs to come to a realization he is not so tuff after all.

    Those two weeks and having to report to a probation officer every week for a year was just what I needed to realize I could have a better future without trying to be a “bad dude.” If he doesn’t get this through his young brain now it may very well be too late later in life.

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