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Bolingbrook Student, 14, Pulls BB Gun On Teacher Over Grade: Police

There are 33 comments on the CBS Local story from Jan 30, 2014, titled Bolingbrook Student, 14, Pulls BB Gun On Teacher Over Grade: Police. In it, CBS Local reports that:

A 14-year-old student at Bolingbrook High School faces aggravated assault charges after he allegedly threatened a teacher with a BB gun.

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kate

Tinley Park, IL

#1 Jan 30, 2014
I have read several accounts of the Bolingbrook High School BB Gun shooting. It is too bad that no media reported fairly and completely the brave efforts of Mr. White, the principal of Bolingbrook High School. Mr. White reacted immediately and swiftly. He not only protected his students and staff, but he talked the shooter into giving up the BB gun. Mr. White then turned the shooter over to authorities.

I would suggest someone give Mr. White the credit he deserves not only for his brave act today, but for the positive changes he has made at the high school. Please watch the security video, interview teachers, staff, students and parents to find the complete true story. As of the last school board meeting, before the shooting, Mr. White's contract was not renewed for the next school year. Sounds like political nonsense from the school board. Please investigate and do not let Bolingbrook lose a well respected principal and hero.
BHS mom

Chicago, IL

#2 Jan 31, 2014
kate wrote:
I have read several accounts of the Bolingbrook High School BB Gun shooting. It is too bad that no media reported fairly and completely the brave efforts of Mr. White, the principal of Bolingbrook High School. Mr. White reacted immediately and swiftly. He not only protected his students and staff, but he talked the shooter into giving up the BB gun. Mr. White then turned the shooter over to authorities.
I would suggest someone give Mr. White the credit he deserves not only for his brave act today, but for the positive changes he has made at the high school. Please watch the security video, interview teachers, staff, students and parents to find the complete true story. As of the last school board meeting, before the shooting, Mr. White's contract was not renewed for the next school year. Sounds like political nonsense from the school board. Please investigate and do not let Bolingbrook lose a well respected principal and hero.
Get it right... Mr. White put in his resignation and it was accepted.
Resident

Plainfield, IL

#3 Jan 31, 2014
BHS mom wrote:
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Get it right... Mr. White put in his resignation and it was accepted.
You are correct that e turned in his resignation but only because he gets no support from the Ad Center to make the changes needed. He had a plan, fully funded by grant money to turn the "retake center" back into a "resource center" to help students but the Ad Center wouldn't even look at his plan. Seems to be that the Ad Center is happy with students retaking tests that they failed instead of passing them the first time. There are no do-overs in college, work or life but there are at BHS.
As for what happened yesterday, from the Chicago Tribune..."The boy fled the classroom and White and other staffers found him in a bathroom where he was holding the gun to his neck as if he were going to shoot himself, White said.
"He didn’t say anything,” White said.“Had had (the BB gun) up to his neck.
“I was asking him if he really wanted to do this,” White said.“This is something you can’t take back.”
White said he talked the student into putting down the gun and authorities apprehended him.
White said the event, from the student pointing the gun at a teacher to the lockdown and the student’s apprehension, took about six minutes.
BHS mom

Chicago, IL

#4 Jan 31, 2014
White is a BULLY. Good riddance.
Paul

Plainfield, IL

#5 Jan 31, 2014
BHS mom wrote:
White is a BULLY. Good riddance.
At least he was brave enough to talk to the student and get the gun away. Remember, at that point, no one knew it was a BB gun. It wasn't until White got it from him that they realize it wasn't real.
larry

United States

#6 Jan 31, 2014
White is a BULLY. Good riddance.Really thats what you have to say when a man runs into a small enclosed area to stop someone with a assumed real gun ,putting his life on the line ,to save both students and staff.
BHS mom

Chicago, IL

#7 Jan 31, 2014
larry wrote:
White is a BULLY. Good riddance.Really thats what you have to say when a man runs into a small enclosed area to stop someone with a assumed real gun ,putting his life on the line ,to save both students and staff.
Yes Larry... Mr. White is a BULLY. I base my opinion on what he has done for the last two years, he screams at students for ridiculous reasons every day of school. He interupts class with hourly lectures over the intercom that last for 10 minutes. What he did yesterday was heroic, but we need a Leader that acts like a hero every day.
larry

United States

#8 Jan 31, 2014
BHS mom wrote:
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Yes Larry... Mr. White is a BULLY. I base my opinion on what he has done for the last two years, he screams at students for ridiculous reasons every day of school. He interupts class with hourly lectures over the intercom that last for 10 minutes. What he did yesterday was heroic, but we need a Leader that acts like a hero every day.
First might want to take this to another forum as to not diminish the situation that occured and the response of aperson. Second I think some of the teachers may disagree with you
BHS mom

Chicago, IL

#9 Jan 31, 2014
larry wrote:
<quoted text>First might want to take this to another forum as to not diminish the situation that occured and the response of aperson. Second I think some of the teachers may disagree with you
Tell that to the person that strarted this thread. I know for a fact that some of the teachers would agree with me.
Marty Moose

Chicago, IL

#10 Jan 31, 2014
Mr. White, principal at bhs: That's not a real gun, is it Punk?
Troubled student: Are you kidding? This is a Magnum P.I.
Mr. White: It's a BB gun!
Student: Don't tempt me. I could put an eye out with this thing.
Mr. White: You couldn't even break the skin with that thing.
larry

United States

#11 Jan 31, 2014
BHS mom wrote:
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Tell that to the person that strarted.this thread. I know for a fact that some of the teachers would agree with me.
Believe the person who started this thread was looking for a more accurate discription of what occurred. And I know a lot of teachers that would disagree with you.Quess that is what they call a difference of opinion.
Marty Moose

Chicago, IL

#12 Jan 31, 2014
larry wrote:
<quoted text>Believe the person who started this thread was looking for a more accurate discription of what occurred. And I know a lot of teachers that would disagree with you.Quess that is what they call a difference of opinion.
Marty Moose: Sorry folks, but Principal White sucks.

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Equal time

Bolingbrook, IL

#13 Feb 2, 2014
As a retired military guy white knew it was a BB gun otherwise they would have had PD in there, if not he is a fool for letting the situation go on. If it were a real gun the kid could have run amok in the building doing real damage.
uh yeah sure right

Bolingbrook, IL

#14 Feb 2, 2014
Equal time wrote:
As a retired military guy white knew it was a BB gun otherwise they would have had PD in there, if not he is a fool for letting the situation go on. If it were a real gun the kid could have run amok in the building doing real damage.
As a retired military man? How many years ago was that?

Don't try to blow smoke up peoples butts here. There is no sense in going down the road you are trying to make.

I have heard it was a BB gun that resembled a Glock. So first off they didn't even have Glocks when Mr. White was in the military. Second, the Glock is such a simple and generic looking and designed pistol it would be quite difficult for ANYONE to tell that it wasn't "just a BB gun" bc the end of the barrel is usually countersunk with the small BB sized bore recessed back in what would appear to be a an actual barrel for a pistol caliber.

He went in the washroom because he wanted to go into the washroom. He hadn't even seen the BB gun before he went in. Maybe what Mr. White did have from his military experience was some bravery......

terrence

Chicago, IL

#15 Feb 3, 2014
uh yeah sure right wrote:
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As a retired military man? How many years ago was that?
Don't try to blow smoke up peoples butts here. There is no sense in going down the road you are trying to make.
I have heard it was a BB gun that resembled a Glock. So first off they didn't even have Glocks when Mr. White was in the military. Second, the Glock is such a simple and generic looking and designed pistol it would be quite difficult for ANYONE to tell that it wasn't "just a BB gun" bc the end of the barrel is usually countersunk with the small BB sized bore recessed back in what would appear to be a an actual barrel for a pistol caliber.
He went in the washroom because he wanted to go into the washroom. He hadn't even seen the BB gun before he went in. Maybe what Mr. White did have from his military experience was some bravery......
I heard the gun was brightly colored and obviously made from plastic.
High School

United States

#16 Feb 3, 2014
terrence wrote:
<quoted text>I heard the gun was brightly colored and obviously made from plastic.
Not true and even if it was, would you like to get a BB fired into your eye at close range?

I know all of you people who wanted to see White go are trying to minimize this but the fact is BBS has finally been under control with him in charge and whenever there has been an incident, White has taken care of it (like he did here).

A few parents called White a bully because he didn't put up with any of their kids lousy behavior. What do you think it takes to keep unruly kids in line?

Good luck with the next principal. It will be chaos in BBS next year just like it was before White arrived.
Mom of two

Chicago, IL

#17 Feb 3, 2014
High School wrote:
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Not true and even if it was, would you like to get a BB fired into your eye at close range?
I know all of you people who wanted to see White go are trying to minimize this but the fact is BBS has finally been under control with him in charge and whenever there has been an incident, White has taken care of it (like he did here).
A few parents called White a bully because he didn't put up with any of their kids lousy behavior. What do you think it takes to keep unruly kids in line?
Good luck with the next principal. It will be chaos in BBS next year just like it was before White arrived.
So he may have had an impact on discipline problems by keeping some of the thugs in check, but in the meantime standardized test scores for students at BHS are still embarrassingly low.
High School

Lemont, IL

#18 Feb 3, 2014
Mom of two wrote:
<quoted text>So he may have had an impact on discipline problems by keeping some of the thugs in check, but in the meantime standardized test scores for students at BHS are still embarrassingly low.
Correct.
And that is what this battle between Mitchum and White was all about. Jim Mitchum thinks that allowing students to take test over and over again until they pass is the answer to better performance. In practice, all it has done is encourage the students to not get it right the first time. Ask any teacher in VVSD what Mitchum's 90/10 policy
High School

Lemont, IL

#19 Feb 3, 2014
High School wrote:
<quoted text>Correct.
And that is what this battle between Mitchum and White was all about. Jim Mitchum thinks that allowing students to take test over and over again until they pass is the answer to better performance. In practice, all it has done is encourage the students to not get it right the first time. Ask any teacher in VVSD what Mitchum's 90/10 policy
(Sorry, I accidentally hit SEND before I was done with the last post)

...ask any teacher in VVSD what the 90/10 policy has done for student performance and they will tell you it has DISCOURAGED rigor instead of promoting in.

This was the root of the White/Mitchum dispute. Mitchum and the board think policies like 90/10 are brilliant and refuse to change course to correct any of the glaring problems. This is why White put in his resignation.
Sue

Channahon, IL

#20 Feb 3, 2014
uh yeah sure right wrote:
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As a retired military man? How many years ago was that?
Don't try to blow smoke up peoples butts here. There is no sense in going down the road you are trying to make.
I have heard it was a BB gun that resembled a Glock. So first off they didn't even have Glocks when Mr. White was in the military. Second, the Glock is such a simple and generic looking and designed pistol it would be quite difficult for ANYONE to tell that it wasn't "just a BB gun" bc the end of the barrel is usually countersunk with the small BB sized bore recessed back in what would appear to be a an actual barrel for a pistol caliber.
He went in the washroom because he wanted to go into the washroom. He hadn't even seen the BB gun before he went in. Maybe what Mr. White did have from his military experience was some bravery......
You really should check some facts before you go spouting off like an idiot.
http://www.annarbor.com/news/ann-arbor-pionee...
Michael White was stopped by several members of his staff.
They didn’t lobby for new books or chat about a student. Instead, they offered good luck wishes and told White they hope to see him soon.
But they’re not sure when they will.
At the end of the month, White is leaving the Ann Arbor high school to head to Fort Benning, Ga., to begin a scheduled 12- to 18-month deployment in the U.S. Army Reserves. However, he says there’s a good chance he could be gone for two years.
White currently serves as a drill sergeant with the 3/330th Infantry Battalion, 4th Brigade. He’ll spend the first chunk of his time at Fort Benning, training infantry soldiers for combat. Then he could be shipped to Iraq or Afghanistan to train Iraqi or Afghani troops.
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Principal Michael White stands by a set of lockers at Pioneer High.
Angela Cesere | AnnArbor.com
“I love the military,” he said.“One of the most patriotic things you can do in this country is to be in the military.”
Ann Arbor parent Terry Johns said he thinks it’s great White is serving.
“It’s a good example for kids that being in the military is a good option,” he said.“I hope he’s safe there. He’s done a good job turning Pioneer around.”
This is White’s second time around in the military.
After college, he served from 1982 to 1986 in the U.S. Rangers as part of a special operations unit. He was then in the reserves until 1993.
White left the reserves when he and his wife began having children, and he concentrated on his career as an educator.
He rejoined in 2006, after a trip to a military base with his sons, who were then juniors in high school.
It didn’t pique their interest in the military. But it did for White.
“I was extremely excited,” he said.“(My wife) agreed I could go talk about it (with a recruiter).”
Taking advantage of a program for people over 40 to join, White signed on. He turns 50 in July.
A runner who kept in shape with daily 6- to 10-mile runs, White didn’t have a problem meeting the physical requirements.
“It allows me to feel like I’m contributing to this country,” White said.“Not that I don’t here (at Pioneer), but this is different.”
White became principal of Pioneer at the start of the 2007-08 school year, not long after re-enlisting.
“The first year was very difficult to balance the two,” he said.“I really have to balance my demeanor here and there. My personality as a military person does blend in here, but also my personality as an educator blends in there.”
While he’s gone, assistant principal Tamber Woodworth will take over as the principal. She’s been working with White this school year to gradually assume more responsibility for running the school.
White will be in the school until Jan. 29.
“I always wanted to be a teacher, graduate from college and join the military,” he said.“I’ve done all three, but not in the order people normally do it.”

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