No criminal charges sought against Chiles student seen waving weapon in video

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 10, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- Authorities in both Leon and Gadsden counties say they are not seeking criminal charges against a Chiles High School student at the center of an alarming viral video.

The video shows the student shooting what appears to be a BB gun while yelling out racial slurs. School officials say the incident did not occur on campus.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office and Gadsden County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Thursday afternoon that they are not investigating the incident.

The school says appropriate disciplinary measures were taken against the student.


By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 10, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- A Chiles High School student is now at the center of an investigation after a video of him shooting what appears to be a BB gun out of a moving vehicle while yelling racial slurs is going viral.

Principal Joe Burgess says he addressed it with the student and his family. The video was not taken on school grounds, but staff says they have taken the appropriate disciplinary measures. Burgess says this is a civil matter and there is only so much they can do.

Burgess stressed the video of one of his students is not a reflection of the rest of campus.

"You know, if you have enough students and enough people you have things happen," said Burgess

Students at Chiles voiced their concerns Wednesday after seeing the video.

"If nothing else it will get more attention from other people, not just disturbed Chiles students, so I think that will probably be the biggest impact," said Zoe Mitchell.

This is not the first time the school has seen a divide. In 2017, controversy arose after students flew Confederate flags on their cars while driving around campus. A ban on all flags, except the American flag, was put in place after that.

"After really nothing happened to those who had Confederate flags and were using their "freedom of speech," everyone felt like it was okay," said Tellicia Mitchell.

Principal Burgess says students are safe on campus and his school is no different than any other.

"Things are never going to be perfect, as a school we are imperfect people. We strive to be perfect, but we are imperfect people," he said.

While discipline can only go so far, Burgess says the impacts will be greater than that.

"Unfortunately there is a tough lesson that they are going to have to learn from this that I don't think any lesson like that they would have got from school," said Burgess.

The principal tells us he will look at addressing students about the issue. He says he would have done it on Wednesday, but the school is in the middle of EOC and AP testing and it would have been difficult to pull all of those students out.



 
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