AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)- A student who was shot with a BB gun at school last term will not be returning to class this fall semester.
Zykier Mosley-Long’s mother said there are too many questions about what happened to the students responsible for the incident. The school could not tell the family if the students would be returning to class for the fall semester.
The BB gun incident happened in May at East Middle School in Aurora.
“It goes, ‘Pow” and it hit my arm,” said Zykiear, who was just finishing up the sixth grade.
The 12-year-old said it was near the end of the school year in May when a group of boys turned a BB gun on him. A second shot struck him in the back.
“My lower back, where he shot it, it was just heat,” said Zykiear.
The school caled the police and the shooters were charged. The principal sent a letter home to East Middle School parents informing them of the incident. But what happened after that remains a mystery.
“I’m very, very frustrated,” said Zykiear’s mother Keisha Mosley.
Privacy laws prohibit a school district from disclosing any information about a student, to anyone.
Aurora Public Schools spokesperson Paula Hans said in a statement, “…at the time, possession of a BB gun required a mandatory expulsion because it was considered a dangerous weapon as defined by state law.”
Hans said the length of the expulsion is on a case-by-case basis. When Mosley tried to find out if the shooters would be returning to school this year, there were no answers.
“I’m like, well, if you can’t share that information with me, you can’t possibly think I’m going to allow my son to go back to school,” said Mosley.
She said she needed assurances that her son would be safe. Neither she nor Zykiear said they are willing to take any chances.
“If I go back, then what is it for me?,” said Zykiear. “What if the same thing happens, except a knife? A real gun?”
Mosley said she is in the process of trying to get her son into another school district because he will not be going back to Aurora Public Schools.