A Get Schooled poster surprised many of us today with her scary account of the Dean Rusk Middle School gun incident in which a 12-year-old boy brought a handgun and ammo to the Canton campus Tuesday.
However, according to the poster, what happened at Dean Rusk was far more frightening than what was reported:
“The truth is … is that this student who informed the school of the situation was actually held at gunpoint and robbed for her bubble gum while in math class wih a teacher present. He opened his jacket… pointed the gun at her and insisted on her giving him her bubblegum… said ” give it to me or I will shoot you and kill you” so she threw it at him… then he proceeded to pop the gun open and drop the ammo out. He put the ammo in one pocket… and the gun in another. This poor child was robbed at gun point…. and this situation has been diminished so small to a “buddy ratting out her friend.”
I sent a note to Cherokee school spokesman Mike McGowan this morning asking if there was any truth to this poster’s account.
No answer until this official statement came at 3:53 p.m: (The bolding is my work):
On behalf of the Superintendent, this is to advise that we now have a preliminary incident report on the Dean Rusk MS (DRMS) incident from earlier this week. Our ongoing criminal investigation has led to the school district police department filing additional charges of one count – Terrorist Threats and Acts and one count – Pointing a Pistol at Another- following interviews with students at DRMS. The juvenile court has been made aware of these additional charges.
We are not at liberty to discuss details of an ongoing investigation; however, I want to clarify that, while the weapon was at some point in possession of the student, both the weapon and the ammunition were found in his locker prior to his being detained by school staff. I had previously stated erroneously that the weapon was found on his person that and the ammunition was found in his locker.
This is far more serious and alarming than the initial report, at least to me. A letter is going home to Dean Rusk parents informing them of this latest development.
I called Mike again at 4 Thursday and his message was: “This is about all we are going to say about this today.”
However, he later followed up with this e-mail on Friday morning:
In response to your e-mail: the very nature of an investigation is to determine what is not known. In my capacity as Public Information Officer, I reported to you and others earlier this week that the Dean Rusk MS student had made no threats to other students. My mistake for making that speculation; but, that was the information that I had at the time. What has changed is that, during the course of the investigation, student statements have led our law enforcement officials to charge the student with the additional charges that I sent yesterday to you and others, as well as to parents at the school.
Rusk parents ought to pay close attention to how this unfolds. And to poster, Erin F., thanks for giving us a better sense of what happened.