A student at a local college was placed on probation after he allegedly
threatened to shoot a teacher who gave him a failing grade.
But when that student followed up with an even more specific email, police stepped in and arrested him.
Now, Mason Child is not only dismissed from classes at the Daymar Institute, but he is also no longer allowed anywhere near the south Nashville community college.
Child has pleaded guilty to assault after the unsettling incident, which all started when he was given an F by teacher Shawn Caster.
Nobody likes an F grade, and certainly it can be an emotional time, but when that student starts claiming that he is a sniper and gives his target range, that becomes scary stuff.
On July 11, witnesses said Child approached Caster, yelling about his grade. They said Caster began moving away behind a desk when Child said, "You can't do this to me. I own a bunch of guns, and all of you will see what I'm going to do."
At that point, police were already investigating Child when he sent Caster an email that read, in part:
"Your pantywastes director and president didn't even take their b--- out of your purses long enough to tell to my face I was getting kicked out. Those in power never listen to those who work for a living. Since I won't get a reply from anyone you just tell that b--- Shawn Caster policies don't make you bullet proof, and I'm good with a DMR up to 3.4 kilometers."
The email was dated just a couple of days after the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater. In response, Daymar canceled classes and police arrested Child.
"There have been so many instances across the United States and around the world of actions being taken against persons or institutions by person who feel they've been wronged," said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron. "And we felt criminal charges were certainly appropriate to, if nothing else, try and diffuse the situation, which is what we hope has happened."
Child was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days of probation. He was also ordered to undergo a mental evaluation and stay away from the Daymar Institute and Castor.
Daymar leaders said they put the safety of their students first, and that's why they acted quickly, took the threat seriously and instituted extra security measures until Child's court date.
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