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.