Scurry-Rosser heroes on ‘Good Morning America’
By 11/21/2002 00:00:00
SCURRY - Principal Richard Sneed, 65, and members of the Scurry-Rosser High School football team appeared on ABC-TV's 'Good Morning America' Monday, Nov. 18.
In what has been a turbulent time on school campuses throughout this country in recent years, school employees and students defused the potentially volatile situation shortly after classes began Friday morning, Nov. 15 inside the Scurry-Rosser High cafeteria.
The suspect, Tony Cipriano, 18, was a former SRHS student who had been expelled for alleged theft of a teacher's vehicle when
Travis Stodghill was principal there. According to reports, Cipriano entered the main building of the high school soon after school opened last Friday looking for Stodghill.
Stodghill is no longer employed at SRHS.
Cipriano was carrying a shotgun and a can of gasoline.
Students were instructed to go to the cafeteria.
The suspect splashed gasoline on the floors and walls, and some of the students.
He pointed the shotgun at several persons.
Sneed disarmed Cipriano by grabbing the gun barrel thrusting it upward toward the ceiling.
Dan Taylor, dean of students, and two football players, Matt Cooper and Cody Smith, and head coach Virgil Crow also helped subdue the 300-pound Cipriano, wrestling the unloaded shotgun and a knife from him.
After forcing Cipriano outside a cafeteria exit, assistant football coach Hank Hollywood and another student also assisted in getting the suspect to the ground and holding him there until Kaufman County Sheriff's deputies arrived.
Cipriano said he had planted a bomb.
Schools at Scurry-Rosser, Kaufman and Crandall were closed and students sent home Friday soon after the incident at SRHS occurred.
Cipriano was arraigned Saturday morning, Nov. 16 at the Kaufman County Jail.
Officials said he was charged with three counts of assaulting a public servant, criminal attempt to commit arson and unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Bail was established at $1.65 million.