Belleville student expelled over pellet gun

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – Vantezz Carter admits he made a mistake. His parents say that mistake will cost the 18-year-old his senior year at Belleville West High School. Juanita Carter says school district officials notified her Monday her son had been expelled.

Superintendent Jeff Dosier told News11 the district cannot comment about disciplinary action taken against any student.

Carter caused a brief campus lockdown June 5th. A witness told police the Belleville West football player was pointing a gun at another football player.

Multiple police agencies responded. School was out for the summer but football players were picking up their pads.

Carter said he was sitting inside a friend’s SUV when he saw a bag of air soft pellet guns. The guns look just like real handguns. Carter says while sitting in the SUV, he showed one of those pellet guns to a friend. He says it was an innocent mistake that caused the lockdown. He says the guns belonged to a friend.

The district sent home a letter to parents the day of that incident. The letter reminded students and parents that a school campus is no place for any type of gun.

“I apologized for what I did,” said Carter. “I deserved punishment but to be expelled goes too far.”

Carter’s mother broke into tears thinking about how her son’s senior year will be lost.

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