Student Suspended After Going To Counselor Saying He Thought About Bringing Gun To School Speaks

Tyler Hellein says he was frustrated over being bullied and was only venting

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
April 12, 2019 - 11:36 am

Related: Bullied Laurel Highlands Student Suspended After Approaching Counselor, Saying He Thought About Bringing Gun Into School

UNIONTOWN, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A local high school student says he was being bullying and decided to go a counselor to express his frustrations.

Seems like the right thing to do but now the Laurel Highlands freshman is suspended because he said he felt like he wanted to bring a gun to school.

Father Chuck Hellein told KDKA Radio’s Marty and Wendy that his son Tyler was being bullied and “he got a little frustrated and wanted to go talk to somebody and he talked to his school social worker . . . he mentioned he was being bullied and he thought about getting a gun, just venting his thoughts, his freedom of speech.”

Hellein says the conversation was stopped at that point and he received a phone call from the assistant principal that informed him what Tyler was talking about and that he would be suspended, “just because he mentioned he thought of a gun.”

State Police were called and Hellein met with them Wednesday afternoon and he says they told him, “Since there was no direct threat, there was no harm done, they did not cite my son, he was not being charged with anything because there was no crime committed.”

Hellein says his son was just venting and expressing his feeling but the school says he was making a threat.

Tyler says he if has thoughts like again, he will keep the thoughts to himself until his next therapist appointment outside the school.

Tyler says he knows the seriousness of talking about a gun, especially in a school setting, but he says he would never attack anyone and was just speaking out of frustration.

Chuck Hellein says he wishes the school would’ve set up a meeting with him first before suspending his son and adds that he’s worried what kind of message it will send to other kids who are being bullied and feel frustrated.

He thinks the message is sends is “just keep your mouth shut or you’re going to get suspended.

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