Mom questions return of student who threatened to shoot daughter - WKRN News 2

Mom questions return of student who threatened to shoot daughter

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The mother of a Neely's Bend Middle School student wants a fifth grade student expelled for the rest of the school year after her daughter said he threatened to shoot her on campus. 

Shawna Lindsey's daughter is also a fifth grade student at the middle school. Nashville's News 2 is not publishing the girl's name to protect her identity.

"I believe that this child needs to be put out of Metro schools," Lindsey said. "If anything, he should be in an alternative school."

Lindsey's daughter said the threat came after multiple bullying incidents directed at her daughter and her daughter's cousin, who also attends the school.

"He was talking to her. She said, 'Leave me alone' and 'Quit talking to me,' so I said just leave her alone," Lindsey's daughter said. "He punched the desk then said, ‘Tomorrow I am going to bring a gun to school and shoot you.'"

Lindsey reported the threat to Neely's Bend administration.

Metro Nashville Public Schools declined to comment on the specific disciplinary action taken in response to the threat, citing federal student privacy regulations.

Lindsey said the student was first suspended and then later expelled. She thought expulsion meant the rest of the school year.  The student, however, returned to school this week.

According to MNPS' code of conduct, an expulsion is a suspension that lasts longer than 10 school days.

Expulsions under the zero tolerance policy are for at least one school year.

Zero tolerance offenses include assault or aggravated assault on a teacher or staff.  They also include possession of drugs, explosives and rifles/shotguns/handguns.

Bullying, harassment and intimidation are not considered zero tolerance offenses.

"I don't agree with it at all," Lindsey said. "It should be zero tolerance."

According to Lindsey, the school's principal assured her the child and his mother had to sign a probation contract. The contract requires the student to refrain from making any contact with Lindsey's daughter.

He has also been removed from her daughter's class, though her daughter said she sees the boy in the halls as they change classes.

"I don't believe he needs to be in the population with other students," Lindsey said.

Lindsey said other than pull her child out of school, she is out of options. She plans to continue to ask school officials to remove the student from Neely's Bend.

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