EXCLUSIVE: Charlottesville Elementary School Student Shot by Airsoft Gun on Bus

By: Frankie Jupiter Email
By: Frankie Jupiter Email

January 25, 2013

Charlottesville school officials now say the weapon used in an alleged shooting aboard a school bus was an airsoft gun, not a BB gun as they first indicated.

The parents of nine-year-old elementary school student Ke'yon Jones are upset that their son was shot in the head on the school bus with that airsoft gun. He was riding the bus home Tuesday from Burnley Moran when it happened.

"I can't get past that fact, that I could be making burial plans for my son. I can't get past that at nine years-old, that is unacceptable, it's just not right," said the victims father, Kevin Jones.

Ke'yons' parents say they didn't find out about the incident until Wednesday, when school officials called, leaving a voice mail, and asked them to return the call.

Takiyah Jones, Ke'yons' mother, said she waited for her son to get off the bus, that's when she learned of the shooting.

"You hear about stuff like this from stuff that happened in other schools and other places like that, but when it hits so close to home, it hurts," said Kevin Jones.

Ke'yon is still upset over the incident after a visit from the hospital.

"It was hurting when he hit it and then I was thinking, he hit me again. It hit the back of my head again and then it kept hurting," said Ke'yon.

A letter was sent home with students from Charlottesville School Superintendent Rosa Atkins. It in part read," The school has begun discipline procedures with the involved student. We encourage you to reassure your child that their safety is of paramount importance to school staff."

Ke'yons' parents don't share school leaders' confidence in student safety. School leaders say they learned of the shooting a day after it happened, and that is the reason for the delay in telling Ke'yons' parents. Charlottesville police is handling the investigation.

**A previous version of this story indicated the alleged weapon used was a BB gun, based on information provided to the Newsplex by Charlottesville school officials and police. Charlottesville school officials are now saying the alleged weapon was an airsoft gun***

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