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Fla. Middle Schooler Dies After Standoff With Police

By Ann Bradley — January 24, 2006 1 min read

The Seminole County, Fla., school district is taking steps to reassure the public that its schools are safe after a student was fatally wounded in a standoff with police at a middle school.

Christopher David Penley, 15, died on Jan. 15, two days after he entered Milwee Middle School with a pellet gun that authorities mistakenly believed was a real weapon. The 8th grader traveled throughout the school with the gun before law-enforcement authorities isolated him in a restroom. He was shot after pointing it at a sheriff’s deputy.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

In a statement, officials with the 66,000-student district said its safety procedures include working with local law-enforcement officials to respond to incidents immediately and secure campuses.

A version of this article appeared in the January 25, 2006 edition of Education Week