Friday, October 11, 2019

13-year-old who pointed a finger gun at four classmates faces felony charge

During a classroom discussion in Overland Park, Kansas, a student asked a middle school girl which five classmates she would kill if she could.
She extended her forefinger to imitate a gun, and pointed at four students last month. Then, she turned the pretend "gun" on herself, the Kansas City Star reported.
The girl, who was reported on the school's anti-bullying app, now faces a felony for threatening her classmates, just one week after two boys at a neighboring middle school were charged with misdemeanors after they were caught with real guns in their backpacks.
"I think that this is something that probably could have been handled in the principal's office and got completely out of hand," Jon Cavanaugh, the girl's grandfather, told the Star. "She was just mouthing off."
A police officer and Westridge Middle School officials questioned the 13-year-old girl and another student about the Sept. 18 incident, an Overland Park Police Department spokesperson told The Washington Post in a statement Thursday. The Overland Park cop then cuffed the teenager and took her to a nearby juvenile detention facility, where she was charged with a felony for threatening.
"Too often there are reports of violence in schools and inevitably questions about what could or should have been done to prevent the tragedy," the police statement said. "Threats in schools are taken very seriously and treated appropriately."
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