From NY Post: A 12-year-old Kansas girl was hauled out of school in handcuffs and charged with a felony — for making a finger gun with her hands, according to reports.
The unidentified Overland Park youngster made the gesture during a class discussion last month in which another student asked which classmates she would kill if she could pick five, sources told The Kansas City Star. (Why is this conversation part of any class discussion?)
She shaped her fingers like a gun — something routinely done in kids’ games — as she pointed to four of her classmates, before pointing her hand at herself, the paper said.
The girl and her classmates were initially sent to their principal at Westridge Middle School. But a school resource officer recommended she be arrested and called police, the Star said.
Officers then hauled her out of school in handcuffs, arrested her and charged the child with a felony for threatening, the paper said. She was later released to her mother and is due in court next Tuesday.
“I want to be very clear: The arrest of this student was wholly unrelated to any district policy,” Shawnee Mission School District spokesman Dave Smith told KSHB. “It was a municipal police department decision, and our policies don’t impact police department decisions.”
Court records claim that on Sept. 18 the girl “unlawfully and feloniously communicated a threat to commit violence, with the intent to place another, in fear, or with the intent to cause the evacuation, lock down or disruption in regular, ongoing activities,” the Star said.
The pupil — who could face as much as a year at a juvenile detention center — is now living in California, the paper said.
Her grandfather, Jon Cavanaugh, insisted the girl did not have access to real guns and “was just mouthing off.”
“I think that this is something that probably could have been handled in the principal’s office and got completely out of hand,” he told the Star. “I’m really worried about my granddaughter’s future.”
Overland Park police told KSHB that “each case is thoroughly investigated before any arrest is made and a charge filed.”
“Ensuring the safety of everyone in a school, or community, is a top priority and requires constant vigilance,” the force said in a statement.
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