Overland Park student, 12, arrested for pointing finger gun

Oct 13, 2019 by

A 12-year-old Overland Park girl who formed a gun with her fingers and pointed at classmates was handcuffed, arrested and charged with a felony. She was a student at Westridge Middle School in Shawnee Mission.

Kansas City Star education reporter Mará Williams talks about her story about the student who was arrested in a Johnson County school district for pointing her finger like a gun at other students.

A 12-year-old Overland Park girl formed a gun with her fingers, pointed at four of her Westridge Middle School classmates one at a time, and then turned the pretend weapon toward herself.

Police hauled her out of school in handcuffs, arrested her and charged the child with a felony for threatening.

Shawnee Mission school officials said they could not discuss the case, citing privacy laws, but did say it wasn’t the district that arrested the child.

“We don’t do that,” said spokesman David Smith. “That is not our job.” He said the role of the district police is “not to enforce the law but to keep kids and adults safe.”

Source: Overland Park student, 12, arrested for pointing finger gun | The Kansas City Star

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