Bozeman student suspended for bringing bullet to school

By: WJHG News Staff Email
By: WJHG News Staff Email

Some new developments tonight in a school threat that happened Thursday morning at Deane Bozeman School in Southport.

Bozeman Principal Bill Payne says he's recommending expulsion for a 6th grader who threatened a classmate.

It happened about 8:30 Thursday morning near the school's cafeteria.

Authorities say two boys were arguing. One said he was going to shoot the other, then pulled a real bullet out of his pocket.

Fortunately the boy did not have the gun to go with it. Some other students witnessed the exchange, and notified school officials, who quickly diffused the situation.

The school went-under increased security alert.

"Anytime there is a possibility or someone thinks there's a threat of a weapon obviously they need to tell somebody because the life they may protect very well could be their own. That's one of the things that we stress is that they communicate that," Payne said.

Payne says he's suspended the student for ten days, and is recommending the school board send the boy to an alternative school.

We're told authorities did find the gun at the boy's brother's house.


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  • by Anonymous Location: panama city on Jan 23, 2010 at 02:46 AM
    Amy you are right on target! I have personally seen Boy B as Dani called him bully this kid, and he is not the only one. Ignorance of other cultures is a problem at Bozeman. The N word is used on a daily basis. My children do not hesitate to tell other not to use words like that around them. My child has been called racial names but speaks english and can defend herself with a clever comeback. This hispanic child is not rich, or an athlete,so he will not be given a second chance. As a parent we are not allowed to say anything to the students. If you do correct a child, you will be asked to leave campus. The boy who brought the bullet needs to learn english. He hasn't been given the advantages of most children. Bozeman does have the Rosetta Stone Spanish to English on the computer. For the record I do believe that if you want to live here,you must learn english. How does Dani know so much, unless she is a teacher, in which case she should say nothing about a student to others.
  • by Kaitie Location: Panama City on Jan 21, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    is it really necessary to suspend the kid just because he had the bullet and threatining with it whats he gonna do with it throw it at the kid?I mean if he didnt even have the gun then why the heck suspend him!
  • by Dani Location: Southport on Jan 17, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    "Amy from Panama City", this boy has been expelled from an alternative school already when he was in 2nd grade. He is now doing 2nd grade work in the 6th grade which he is in now. So he’s lost his education already, so I agree he shouldn’t lose it again, but he should probably be transferred to an alternative school.
  • by Dani Location: Southport on Jan 17, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Boy with the bullet=Boy A: Other boy=Boy B: I am a student at Bozeman and I witnessed the event with my own eyes. An answer to your question "Amy from Panama City", Boy A started the fight because he liked someone who was dating Boy B. Boy A said that he was going to shoot Boy B, so they argued, then fought physically. The boys made their way behind the Pavilion and Boy B yelled, “GUN!” Boy A had a gun and a bullet but he didn’t know how to load the gun. Then someone yelled “Teacher!” Boy A hurried his way back behind the Pavilion to transfer the gun underneath the garbage bin, then hid it in his backpack afterword.
  • by Sherry Location: Chipley on Jan 15, 2010 at 03:19 PM
    Nearly the same thing happened to my son at Beach Elementary except the other student verbally threatened that he would get his Daddy's gun and shoot him simply because they didn't like each other, race was NOT a factor... and nothing was done except officers went to the childs house that threatened my son.
  • by Cecilia Location: Chipley on Jan 15, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    Why don't ya'll say what you really mean instead of beating around the bush?
  • by Mindy Location: Southport on Jan 11, 2010 at 08:02 PM
    We all need to know the under lying circumstances. Although it is never acceptable to bring bullets to school this child was being bullied due to his ethnic make up. Unfortunately this seems to be a commonly accepted attitude and it is so sad. Was the boy who bullied suspended as well? Did we get both sides of this story? I will not share all of my frustrations but will say my children have endured their fair share of ignorance from other children and I try and teach them to rise above it and be who they are as God made them perfectly in his image. My son personally knows both children involved and shared with us the names the boy was being called that caused him to get so fed up and result to bringing a bullet. Wonder if the bulliers parents are proud of the child they raise?
  • by amy Location: panama city on Jan 9, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    ok they have gone too far. has anyone asked the boy why he was threatening the other kid? does anyone think he may have been bullied and had a enough? if they are so scared about weapons in schools....take away the pens and pencils too. when was safety more important than education? so they suspended him and now his has lost education...boy that helps.
  • by George Location: Panama City on Jan 9, 2010 at 05:14 AM
    I agree to the 10 day suspension but think the total suspension is too much. The boy obviously needs counseling. Understandably, the school reacted a would be expected-given the nature of the threat. However, when it was discovered there was no gun, the parents should have been notified and the boy placed on 10 day suspension with the understanding he could not return unless and until he was in counseling.
  • by gator Location: PC on Jan 8, 2010 at 08:48 PM
    come on, really, because he had a bullet? going a little far dont you think? i remember the days of mowat we wore knives everyday, then at mosley alot of us carried guns in the truck for hunting purposes, it wasnt that long ago.
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