Student shot at school, released from hospital
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The South Florida student who was shot in the leg with a gun one of his classmates brought to school was released from the hospital, Sunday.
His leg now wrapped in a cast, 12-year-old D'Angelo Marte said it might be some time before he's able to walk with his left leg. "I'm going to have to walk on crutches and use a wheelchair," he said.
Marte will be recovering in a wheelchair most of summer break after one of his classmates at Redland Middle School in Southwest Miami-Dade brought a gun to school Friday afternoon. The firearm accidentally went off inside that student's backpack, hitting Marte on his left leg.
"He just dropped his book bag, and all you hear is a sudden boom," said Pablo Sanchez, one of two classmates who sprang into action to stop the bleeding in Marte's leg.
Marte's grandmother said those two students may have saved her grandson's life. "If Pablo had not given the girl his T-shirt for her to wrap around my grandson's leg, he might not have made it," said Cindy.
Cindy added that she's grateful she got to take her grandson home today. "He's OK, thank God," she said. She also expressed sympathy towards the student who brought the gun to school. "And that poor little kid, I feel bad for him," she said. "He knew what he did was wrong. I feel bad for his family. I feel bad for our family, but at least I get to look at my grandson every day."
Marte's grandmother said she would like to see some big changes at school and on school buses. "If our county had spent money on metal detectors in school and metal detector wands on the buses, maybe these kids wouldn't be injured," she said.
Police interviewed the student who allegedly brought the handgun to determine how he was able to acquire the firearm.
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