Florida Boy Accused of Assault With
WKMG Local 6 News, February 23, 2005
A 13-year-old student in Orange County, Fla., was suspended for 10
days and could be banned from school over an alleged assault with a
rubber band, according to a WKMG Local 6 News report.
Robert Gomez, a seventh-grader at Liberty Middle School, said he
picked up a rubber band at school and slipped it on his wrist.
Gomez said when his science teacher demanded the rubber band, the
student said he tossed it on her desk.
After the incident, Gomez received a 10-day suspension for
threatening his teacher with what administrators say was a weapon,
Local 6 News reported.
"They said if he would have aimed it a little more and he would have
gotten it closer to her face he would have hit her in the eye,"
mother Jenette Rojas said.
Rojas said she was shocked to learn that her son was being punished
for a Level 4 offense -- the highest Level at the school. Other
violations that also receive level 4 punishment include arson,
assault and battery, bomb threats and explosives, according to the
Code of Student Conduct.
The district said a Level 4 offense includes the use of any object
or instrument used to make a threat or inflict harm, including a
Rojas plans to fight the ruling but her son still faces expulsion.
"It's ridiculous, it's a rubber band," Rojas said.
The school's principal could not comment because the case is still
A district spokesman said there is still a series of meetings the
district will have before Gomez is officially expelled.