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  1. #1
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    May 2005
    Florida's Treasure Coast

    Chris Penley's last day at Milwee Middle

    Like a caged animal, 15-year-old Chris Penley paced nervously inside the boys bathroom, holding what appeared to be a real gun.

    Milwee Middle School was in lockdown, and cops were everywhere. For Chris, however, only two of the officers mattered.
    One was a marksman, armed with a scoped assault rifle and responsible for protecting students and teachers cowering in classrooms all around him. The other was a seasoned negotiator, trained to keep Chris calm and persuade him to put down the gun and walk out.

    How they viewed the threat Chris posed was as different as their duties, according to their sworn statements, obtained last week by the Orlando Sentinel.

    During the 20-minute standoff at the Longwood-area school, Seminole County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Brubaker, the negotiator, saw a scared kid uncertain what to do, he later told investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    Lt. Michael Weippert, the marksman, said he saw a teenager who not only acted as if he knew how to use a gun but also was getting ready to pull the trigger.

    In the end, only Weippert's opinion mattered. The eighth-grader left the bathroom on a stretcher, shot once by Weippert just above his left eye. Chris died two days later, kept alive that long only so his organs could be harvested.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Sad and unfortunate ending.