Student Expelled For Bringing Gun Onto School Property

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

A student who brought a gun to a school playground in Las Animas has been expelled.

Superintendent Jerry Nickell tells 11 News the school board decided to expel the student from the district for one year. Nickell says by state statute and district policy, it is mandatory to expel a student who brings a weapon onto school property. The board can decide how long the student will be expelled. In this case, they say the boy acted in a "reckless and dangerous manner."

The 14-year-old boy was at the school playground on February 24 and was showing off a gun to other students. Three students told their parents he pointed the gun at them. A parent tells 11 News he asked the students to play Russian Roulette.

The Las Animas Police Chief, Don Trujillo, was fired by the city council outraged parents became outraged about the investigation. They said the chief was negligent in responding to this incident and not making an arrest quickly.

Superintendent Nickell tells 11 News that the student will most likely not be allowed into any other school district this year, because of the charges against him. He faces three felony charges. Nickell says however they will work with the student if he desires to start an online class next fall. A policy that is allowed because he is not on campus with other students. Otherwise, he would not be allowed back into the district until March of next year, which means he would have already missed most of the school year.


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  • by Sammy Location: Las Animas on Mar 21, 2012 at 01:51 AM
    Well its funny how more and more come out of las animas. Now its been said that Officer Martinson was deleting files from computers at the police station and the C.B.I. is now investigating hope you enjoy your d.o.c. green instead of that blue you been wearing...
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      by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:55 AM in reply to Sammy
      The blazing ego was iritating. Hope he corrects. Hope we get the files back and find out why they were deleted.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:02 AM in reply to Sammy
      ...won't work. They're closing prisons due to 'reduced crime'.:>)
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      by June on Apr 15, 2012 at 08:52 PM in reply to Sammy
      That is what I have heard as well. I think the CBI and other locals will find out the whole Police Department is corrupt and has been for years.
  • by fudge!!! Location: las animas on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:54 PM
    See if we stick together as citizens of this town which many of us have been here our whole lives much longer than any of the officers that WORK FOR US we can get somewhere and remove the one that don't belong or scare em enough they remove themselves hopefully the rest take the hint their not wanted and follow their leader and fellow officer and just quit do something better with ur lives cus obviuosly u were'nt cut out for lawenforcement none of u's are in my opinion and notice I put my nickname at the top of this comment for those of u that know me cus quite frankly I don't care who nows my feeling towards the police here I've been telling them all to their faces for years and will keep on I'm a tax payer they work for me and I will never forget that!!!
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      by NoName on Mar 21, 2012 at 01:30 AM in reply to fudge!!!
      Fudge!!!! You are not a taxpayer you are a welfare drug slanger. Dont sit here and say you pay taxes when you dont you are the kinda person the cops need to take off the streets......!!!!!!!
  • by LivesHere Location: Las Animas on Mar 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM
    This story is sad on so many levels.....I know most of the parties involved from the kids on up... It is with a heavy heart that I read all of the hateful comments posted here by so many. We should be glad that the situation ended well, first & foremost, with the children safe. The indignation of the community is apparent, rightly so, but you cannot unleash your full wrath on Don & his department when the community has not held years of previous leadership accountable. It is our job as citizens to be a part of the solution but instead we allow these things to just be swept under the carpet because it takes work to hold our leaders accountable and many people refuse to get involved until something like this happens. Then we get to see their ugly comments with no other action on their part. This community has let itself down because we now have more people who don't care than those who do care. We have been so fortunate to have had some great folks live here but they can't do it all...it's our town, contribute your talents and improve it. A little less talk and a lot more POSITIVE actions will benefit us all. It starts at home and should expand out into our community. How disheartening to see people turning on one another...how much do you contribute to the betterment of Las Animas? Never too late.......
  • by Anonymous Location: Southeast Colorado on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:47 PM
    Just remember folks you had say that got the last chief out. Don't let them replace him with someone the same or worse. The Sheriff will not hire the new chief the city council and mayor will. Keep that in mind because if Dave Encinas (or however you spell it) gets it your fight was for nothing.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:50 PM in reply to
      Good point we need to stop taking this lying down.
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      by concerned on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:07 PM in reply to
      Look the sheriff is just doing his job, and enough of the county voted for him to get it. Oh wait you must be one Cliff's friends.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:19 PM in reply to
      I would just like to add that I am VERY pleased with the way the sheriff is handling things!! He is very professional and takes the time to listen to concerns! He has done a way better job than what I have been used to dealing with when I dealt with Mr. Trujillo!! So... until you have first hand experience with ANYONE don't degrade!! On THAT NOTE THANK YOU MR. ENCINIAS!!!
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        by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:39 PM in reply to
        First hand experience! I used to work with him! If you only knew the half of it.
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          by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:54 PM in reply to
          Well I can only speak from what I know!! Way better than hearing "What do you want me to do about it" Instead it was a feeling of communication and that's what other officials lacked!!!
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          by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:59 PM in reply to
          If you used to work for him maybe you're afraid of having to actually doing your job now tha he is in charge of the PD! ; )
  • by fudge!!! Location: las animas on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:32 PM
    Trujillo getting fired was the best thing that ever happened to our town I say one down many more to go! Him and another exofficer by the name of barker were a disgrace to the badge that's why they don't have one anymor e
  • by Las Animas Parent on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:45 AM
    The whole department needs revamped not just the chief. There are only two cops that actually do there job and Martenson or Russell aren't one of them. When you have an officer that transports an inmate from the hospital to the jail in his personal vehicle and gets clocked going 112 mph in a 65 mph, he shouldn't have a job here anymore; but he does. They are to serve and protect not subject you to possible death because he is an idiot. Another of our fine officers had Domestic Violence charges in Otero County, charges were dismissed after he completed DV classes; and he is serving and protecting us. The clerk needs removed, she spends more time in the alley smoking than she does working. I pay taxes here, YOU NEED TO GET TO WORK AND DO YOUR JOB. She is a sorry excuse for a clerk that's for sure. The acting Chief is no better than the one they let go. Nothing will change folks. It will always be the same. Maybe the acting Chief will hire one of his close friends for the position, that's who works for the Sheriff dept his family and friends.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:06 AM in reply to Las Animas Parent
      We have a start...we just need to not let it go 17 years again without speaking out. Many seem to believe that the chief was blamed for a kid taking a gun to school. The boy needs to be corrected and helped, and we all need to monitor our kids more closely in this increasingly dangerous world. Just understand that this incident was simply the last straw. It could have ended in tragedy because none of us acted before this. Thankfully it opened our eyes for the need to act instead of complaining for seventeen years. The city council heard and acted appropriately. Thank you to board members. It wasn't easy for them to make the decision.
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      by Another Las Animas parent on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM in reply to Las Animas Parent
      Martenson quit yesterday, FYI.
  • by OutsiderlookingIn Location: Nearby on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    Wow, this is terrible! A child takes a gun to school, points it at other children and grown adults resort to name calling and placing blame on everybody in their path. Other towns/cities have zero tolerance for weapons in schools. This child would be expelled from the district and placed in alternative school and would be facing many legal woes. Too many times we lose focus on the real issue, the children, our future. Look at what you are exposing your children to now. Name calling, put downs, unsubstantiated accusations, finger pointing... Does it solve anything? Get back to parenting. Put your children first...put down the pipes, alcohol, cruisin' 6th street, grow up and take care of your children. How can you blame one police chief for the ills of the entire community? Step up...lots of lip service.Drugs aren't the only problem in Las Animas. A few select families run Las Animas, they make the decisions for Las Animas and they have lots of people in their pocket. Even with Mr. Trujillo gone, the problems will still be there. Drugs, the pushers, the users, powerhouse families, still there. Get your children educated and out them of Las Animas. I lived there 17 years, left and never regretted that. I love my family there and will always visit but this small corrupt village fosters ignorance and hate. But the people of Las Animas as a whole can make a difference but blaming one person isn't the fix.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 06:56 AM in reply to OutsiderlookingIn
      I think we have grown up. That's what this is all about! We all realized that because of our fear of speaking out year after year, we almost made bigger headlines with a tragedy. Not all of us called names, not all of us have need to put down our 'pipes', don't have a problem with alcohol, don't push drugs and don't cruise 6th street except on our way to work. We aren't in anyone's pocket, and definitely haven't been running Las Animas as a choice few. We didn't blame one person,but rather a failed city government that let things get this far. We have sense enough to know what needs to be done about a kid with a gun on a play ground, and will make sure that gets done. However, we did speak out, not with unsubstantiated accusations, but about years and years of frustration over things that are definitely not unsubstantiated. Rest assured we will now hold the remaining law enforcement officers on task! We're tired of feeling powerless.
  • by nemo on Mar 14, 2012 at 11:48 PM
    i think he was a good police chief i do not think it was right for people to call him names on here. lets just hope that the chnage that every one wants works out
  • by Still not out of the woods on Mar 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM
    First part down but still a long road ahead. It's a good move that Don was fired but all more important is who he is replaced by!
  • by Glad! on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    First and foremost DON IS FAT. Secondly he was and is corrupt, Thridly his brother is a drug dealer whom Don let deal drugs, Good riddance to bad rubbish, It is about time.
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