Homecoming dance takes scary turn for Hillsboro freshman
Thomas Reed. Credit: KMOV
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
Homecoming 2017 turned out to be a memorable one for freshman Thomas Reed, but for the wrong reason.
"I said is he going to shoot me or not?" he says.
When Reed and his girlfriend were leaving the dance at Hillsboro High School, he says a student came up to him.
"He grabbed my shoulder and pointed a gun at my stomach," Reed says.
Reed showed News 4 a picture of the exact gun he says was pulled on him.
"I put my hands behind my back and I said 'put it away or shoot me and he put it away and I walked away with my girlfriend," Reed says.
The gun was an airsoft gun.
"It was metal and he took off the orange tip, but I couldn't tell because he cocked it back," Reed says.
He says a school resource officer took a report. Reed's, stepfather, Ryan Wilson, also filed one with the Hillsboro Police Department.
On Wednesday, the school district sent out a letter warning parents about an increase in 7th to 12th-grade students bringing weapons, including knives to campus, on the school bus and at school events.
"Parents have been calling the school wanting to know what is happening what is being done. From what I am hearing from a lot of the parents, is they are not getting answers or the superintendent's office will not pick up the phone," says Wilson.
News 4 reached out to the district, but the superintendent was not available. As for Reed, he has this message for anyone thinking about bringing weapons to school.
"Don't do it. It is a bad idea," says Reed.
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