Campus community reacts to student allegedly killing mother over bad grade
Counselors on hand to help classmates, students
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Counselors were on hand at University High School on Monday as students and parents learned of another student killing his mother.
Deputies say Gregory Ramos, 15, strangled his mom and buried her at a nearby church. Deputies say Ramos then enlisted the help of two other students, 17-year-old Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras, to stage a burglary and cover up the slaying.
Parent Scott Allmon says his son attended school with Ramos since kindergarten and he'd only known him to be a nice guy. The other teens also had classes with his son; none had given Allmon's son any trouble.
"These days you don't -- I don't know what it is that's making them snap," Allmon said.
Allmon also said he'd known the mother of Ramos, 46-year-old Gail Clevenger. He said she was kind and her life seemed to revolve around her son. But, he said parenting teens can get very hard.
"It gets harder and it seems like you've got all of culture against you. If you try to discipline then everyone tells you how wrong you are for it. You know it's, it's a different world than it used to be," Allmon said.
Senior student Nikolas Edwards didn't know either of the boys directly, but he said he got calls from as far away as New York after it happened. Deputies say Ramos killed his mother because of an argument over a bad grade. Edwards couldn't imagine it.
"I was just in awe. I'm like what? Over grades as well? That's just wild," Edwards said.
Ramos has been ordered to juvenile detention. It has not been determined whether he will be charged as an adult.
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