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Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 2:00 am | Updated: 12:21 pm, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

An expulsion hearing for a Columbia Falls High School junior who inadvertently brought a gun to school has been moved.

Originally slated for 6 p.m. tonight at the district’s board meeting room, the hearing for Demari DeReu has been moved to Glacier Gateway Elementary’s multipurpose gym, 440 Fourth Ave. W., Columbia Falls. The time has not changed.

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          • MTMomma posted at 11:04 pm on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            MTMomma Posts: 12

            I was at that meeting Ron and yes, public time was very priceless!! I agree with all the public talkers and think that the administration should be held accountable. BTW, the superintendant couldn't have looked more uninterested as he sat there chewing his gum!! Come on, where is the professionalism in that? He sat through the whole meeting *chomp, chomp, chomping* on gum!! I can't wait to see video of the meeting and am so glad for Demarie!!

          • tosweet4usugar posted at 9:27 pm on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            tosweet4usugar Posts: 1

            We live in MONTANA people! We can drive around with gun racks in our vehicles with guns on them!

          • Ron Paul 2012 posted at 9:02 pm on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Ron Paul 2012 Posts: 3

            Unanimous decision to let Demari back into school immediately and to expunge her record at the end of the school year.

            You should have been there for the public comment time. It was priceless.
            The people wanted the school administration on trial rather than the young girl.

            There were about 10 video cameras going so there should be video of it coming out soon.

          • photoguy posted at 4:17 pm on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            Yup, Rules are rules, mistakes are mistakes and people are human. But this particular situation is a waste of the taxpayers times, based on everything I have read and heard, the only harm this young lady intended was to the deer in her sights...There is no reason to make any examples here, she made a mistake, make her write a paper on the ills of forgetting, lets get back to something that is important!

            I just can't believe people want a young woman to be expelled over this, she is a good student has strived to improve her lot in life. It is amazing to me, how mean and vindictive some people are in this day and age..Happy Holidays folks!

            As far as backing off Angelique, get some years and experience under your belt and live REAL life instead of the protected environment of home and school and let us know how you feel. Did this young lady dish ya or take your boyfriend? Just wondering

          • posted at 4:05 pm on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.


            Hey happy trails: If you want to be a happy camper, maybe you should read our editorial "Don’t let feds dictate gun rules" (http://www.dailyinterlake.com/opinion/editorials/article_7189ab6e-0419-11e0-8943-001cc4c002e0.html).
            Sounds like we are on the same page. Also if you read the actual reporting on this story in the Inter Lake, rather than this story announcing a meeting change, you would see that we covered all of the federal blackmail issues in the stories as well, not just the editorial. --Frank Miele, Managing Editor

          • Angelique posted at 2:18 pm on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Angelique Posts: 2

            i hope she gets expelled... If she would have followed the rules none of this would have happened. It was her wrong and she needs to know she cant get away with breaking rules, especially bringing a gun to school. I want to know when I go to school that I am going to be safe and i think the school is doing a pretty good job at that so back off. Rules are Rules so follow them.

          • happy trails posted at 1:28 pm on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            happy trails Posts: 2

            Well well people you are always wanting to blame someone else for your inept reading problems. Mr Nicosia is not to be blamed for this injustise. The feds are-- thats right the federal government. It happens that any school that accepts any money or grants from from the feds must follow their rules - no guns , weapons , bombs , explosives etc on any school property period....!!! We are the Feds and by god you must bow down and do what we tell you or else !!!!. We don't allow for any common sense. And don't question our authority. Same rule applies to the postal service. Hunters Don't have your guns in your vehicle when getting mail. This has been enforced at Columbia Falls a few years back. You people should start thinking of what is happing in our country.
            These rules were cited in another paper. Evidently the Interlakle doesn't believe they should tell the correct facts or is it just reporters that are incapable of reporting accurate news. The interlake needs to get it's sh+t together. What was reported by Kalispell is just lazy sloppy reporting.

          • Ron Paul 2012 posted at 1:11 pm on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Ron Paul 2012 Posts: 3

            A gathering in support of Demari DeReu is being held tonight, Monday evening starting at 5pm.
            The special expulsion hearing is scheduled for 6pm.

            Since there is expected more people than normal, according to the schedule, it looks as if they are moving the special
            expulsion hearing to the Glacier Gateway Muti-Purpose Gym located in the same general school campus area.
            (Look for the large group of people.)

            Location :
            440 4th Ave. W. Columbia Falls in front of Glacier Gateway Elementary School,
            the hearing will be in the Gymnasium.

            The normal School Board Meeting Room is located in the
            Administration Building at 501 6th Avenue West, Columbia Falls

            What to bring for those who are coming early to stand outside:

            -signs of support (examples are - Free Demari! - Reward Honesty, Do Not Punish - Get the Feds out of Montana Schools!
            - Expunge Her Record - CFHS Admin, Stop Being Bad Policy Enforcers - Leave Our Children Alone - No Victim No Crime - What is happening to the Treasure State? - or whatever is pertinent to the issues. Bring extra signs! )
            -winter clothing and warm footwear
            -a chair if you can not stand for long periods of time
            -a flash light since it will be dark out around 5pm
            -something hot to drink like a thermos of coffee or tea
            -a friend or two and carpool

            For those who want to comment in front of the board there will be some time where we can comment on the School Boards Motion.

            School administration recommends using this time to voice our opinions by either agreeing with the motion and telling why
            or disagreeing with the motion and saying why. Since there will be a bunch of people there we should keep our comments sweet and short. Remember, be respectful and keep it clean.

            Reported schedule of the expulsion hearing proceedings @6pm:

            -Testimony from the school administration where they give an outline of the situation and their personal opinions on the situation.
            -Testimony from Demari, the DeReu family, or from those they have chosen to speak for them.
            -A motion from the school board and a seconding of that motion.
            -Public comment on the school boards motion.
            -Deliberation and vote on the motion by the school board of trustees.

            See you there!
            Standing up together in support of the good folks of Montana,
            We the people.

          • IMHERE posted at 12:30 pm on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            IMHERE Posts: 63


          • Chemis-G posted at 11:53 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Chemis-G Posts: 6

            "michael" - I have to presume that you are young, naive, and inexperienced. I guess that you may not know that the "school officials" made the rules and they are not "doing exactly what is required of them." This reminds me of the excuse "I was only following orders." when I killed all those women and children in Vietnam. There are rules/laws that are so ridiculous, and btw still on the books, that no one follows them, except, I guess you.

            As for "They're protecting your children." No quantity of this kind of rule/law or degree of consequences protects anyone from those who are intent on committing a crime against them. I hope that you are secure and feel safe in the fact that there are laws to keep thieves and burglars out of your house and away from victimizing you and your family. My question to you is, why then are there so many robberies and burglaries accompanied by assault and battery on the victims happening every day, five or six in my Montana home town just in the last couple weeks, many more all over Montana.

            Do you really think that an angry student with a gun is going to stop at the school office and let the officials know that he has a gun and what he intends to do with it or that s/he is even going to think about what rules s/he is about to break? I presume you may also think that once the office secretary hears what is about to happen s/he, being unarmed by law, can defend the student body in some fashion or other. If so - how naive. WOW, I can't even picture it.

          • Strider posted at 11:14 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Strider Posts: 432

            "michael"! Do you know something the rest of us don't? Demari posed a threat to her fellow students? It was imperative the CFHS administration stepped in & protected the students & staff? There is another rule called the 2nd Amendment. Perhaps you don't recognize it & think it shouldn't be enforced.

            Btw, I think it is important that an exception not be made for Demari because she is an honor student, female, etc. Simply put, the rule should not apply to her because she broke no law, posed no threat, was honest throughout the entire incident, etc. The same application of the rule should apply to any other student under similar circumstances even if he has had failing grades, has had some disciplinary problems in the past. A mistake is a mistake. If the action poses no threat, leave them alone.

          • Claus posted at 11:00 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Claus Posts: 394

            Wasn't it Jesus who said in his Seminar on the Mount

            Blessed are the smug
            For they shall recline in comfort
            While the unfortunate suffer
            From outrageous laws
            And petty bureaucrats.

          • Mt-Hunter posted at 10:17 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Mt-Hunter Posts: 110

            I have been a hunter all my life in America as well as my father his father his father and so on right back to 1674 when the first of us landed on the Continent. Hunting for my family is a means of survival. This is most rediculous case I have heard yet concerning guns and the right to carry them. My daughter , my wife and I hunt every year and leave guns in our vehicles. And yes my daguhter goes to school with them.. AND YOU WONDER WHY MONTANANS ARE MORE AND MORE TURNING TO HOME SCHOOLING. GO HOME SCHOOLERS!!!!

          • Claus posted at 9:34 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Claus Posts: 394

            Yes, rules are rules.

            I believe Thomas Jefferson said it best in his Declaration of Dependence. He said in effect that we needed to follow every law to the letter, no matter how nonsensical or oppressive it might seem, in order to preserve for ourselves comfort, safety, and the continued good will of the powers that be.

            He went on to become the wealthiest man in the colonies, through administering the confiscated estates of of those who had run afoul of the King and his officers, until finally he had to retire to England for his health and safety.

          • Partyer posted at 8:56 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Partyer Posts: 684

            So should we bring our guns, or what?
            I'm with Michael. Rules are rules. If you want to ignore them you should take up stock car racing. Redneck anarchy at its best...

          • MTMomma posted at 8:42 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            MTMomma Posts: 12

            Who's going to the meeting tonight?? I am!!

          • michael posted at 8:23 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            michael Posts: 534

            Rules are rules. They were put in place for a good reason. I believe it was an honest mistake, but the school officials are doing exactly what is required of them. They're protecting your children. Ease up!

          • james posted at 8:05 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            james Posts: 516

            drop it , you are in montana and guns are a way of life . if they want to act like stupid new yorkers then move there. throw this rule as far as they can and put common sense back in !!!!

          • Chemis-G posted at 6:51 am on Mon, Dec 13, 2010.

            Chemis-G Posts: 6

            Columbia Falls School Board and Superintendent, I sincerely hope that, this evening, you find a way to clear Demari's record of this incident so that she is not penalized for the rest of her life. There has got to be some common sense approach to correct this miscarriage. Please find and implement it? For the sake of all of your students please fix your policies to avoid this type of incident in the future.


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