Students Shot With Pellet Gun, Perp Gets Three Day Suspension, Parents Say

Friday, October 14th 2011, 9:38 pm
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A metro family is outraged after they say their six-year old son was pelted with plastic bullets in school. They say it all happened at Coolidge Elementary School when the children were left with little supervision during an inside recess.

According to the parents, the student had an air soft gun that shot tiny plastic bb's. And he shot and hit three students including six-year-old Willard Cross.

"It felt really bad," said Cross.

Willard says he was hit in the arm by the pellets fired by a fellow class mate.

"I thought it was just a water gun, but once he started shooting the bb's it kind of freaked me out," said Cross. "It was like I hope he doesn't shoot me and then he did."

Willard says he and the other students were in their classroom for an inside recess. His teacher, however, wasn't there. And that's what has Willard's parents upset.

"There's no telling what could have happened in there," said Willard's mother, Sara Cross. "If somebody would have choked on something, you could have lost a child.  If they would have shot that gun a little higher they would have shot him in the eye."

According to Willard's mom, there were two teachers walking the halls and monitoring all the classrooms while the other teachers ate lunch.

No one knew that the boy was shooting a gun until a classmate told a teacher once she returned to the room.

"She found the bb, she picked it up and, once the teacher came in, she showed it to the teacher," said Willard.

Willard's parents say the student with the gun received three day's suspension although the district has a no tolerance policy for guns.

Still, they don't want to see a first grader expelled, but would like to see some sort of stiffer punishment.

"Teach the kid, don't kick him out of school," she said.

News 9's calls to Oklahoma City school district officials were not returned.

Willard's parents also say the principal of the school didn't know about the incident until they told him.