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Middle school girl, 13, is arrested for gun gesture made at classmates


A 13-year-old girl was arrested by a school resource officer at a Kansas middle school when she made a gun gesture with her fingers and pointed it at four classmates, officials said The youth was hauled out of Westridge Middle School in Overland Park in handcuffs and slapped with a felony charge for threatening School officials had reached out to police about the student using an online portal ‘which allows for reporting of safety concerns,’ cops said in a press release about the September 18 incident A source who spoke with the Kansas City Star explained the student was in class when she was asked by another child, if she could kill 5 people, ‘who would they be?’In response, the student made the gun gesture with her fingers, and pointed it at four classmates, before then turning the pretend firearm on herself, the source said   The gesture got the youth sent to Principal Jeremy McDonnell’s office. The other youths involved also were spoken to, the Star reports School officials reached out to police about the student from the Westridge Middle School (pictured above) using an online portal ‘which allows for reporting of safety concerns,’ cops said in a press release about the September 18 incidentThe youth was then questioned by Shawnee Mission school district officials and the school resource officer  ‘The student, as well as another student, affirmed the actions which constituted the potential threat,’ cops said in the release  ‘The Police Officer, after interviews and consideration, arrested the juvenile and transported the student to an appropriate facility,’ police said 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 …’ or created the risk of causing fear, according to Johnson County District Court documents   The finger gesture, similar to how children do the same when playing cops and robbers,  got the youth sent to Principal Jeremy McDonnell’s office The other youths involved also were spoken to, the Star reports. McDonnell is pictured above No additional details were provided about the child, due to her age. A school district spokesman said the decision to arrest the student was solely made by cops, and not school officials ‘We don’t arrest students,’ district spokesman, David A. Smith, told DailyMail.com   A hearing is scheduled in the juvenile division of the District Court of Johnson County next Tuesday, reports the Kansas City Star The girl, however, is no longer in Kansas, and is now living in California, said her grandfather Jon Cavanaugh  ‘I think this is something that probably could have been handled in the principal’s office and got completely out of hand, Cavanaugh told the Star  The child has no access to handguns and did not intend to cause harm, he said. ‘She was just mouthing off ‘   Cops pointed out that the Westridge Middle School (pictured above) ‘has a policy regarding intimidation, bullying and actions that may be a threat’Cops pointed out that the school ‘has a policy regarding intimidation, bullying and actions that may be a threat ”Too often there are reports of violence in schools and inevitably questions about what could or done to prevent the tragedy,’ police said in the release sent to DailyMail com. ‘Threats in schools are taken very seriously and treated appropriately,’ cops said Just last month, two 13-year-old boys were arrested for having guns in their backpacks at the Hocker Grove Middle School, which is also in the same school district   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Mother turns in her own son, 17, after finding plans in his Teen who told co-workers she wanted to ‘shoot 400 people for. Share this article Share Both were charged as juveniles in possession of a firearm, a misdemeanor They face up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine if convicted. Such a charge is upgraded to a felony ifthe alleged gun possession is committed twice There had been no indication the youths planned a repeat, according to the school’s principal, the Star reports ‘Ensuring the safety of everyone in a school, or community, is a top priority,’ said the department in its release, ‘and requires constant vigilance, parents reminding their children of proper behavior in school and an understanding by the public that each case is thoroughly investigated before any arrest is made and a charge filed ‘ 

12 Replies to “Middle school girl, 13, is arrested for gun gesture made at classmates”

  • If she had been wearing a sombrero…. no one would have ever said a word.

    22 million illegal felons running around America avoiding car insurance and paying taxes, yet this little girls finger requires the entire overland Park Police to charge her as a felon. This is the sad disarray of our government.

  • this is stupidity to the MAX! poor girl..we used to play cowboys using our fingers..is the USA gone insane..

  • really? charging a girl with a felony for making a firearm with her fingers. I hope the judge sees the crock for what this is and throws it out of court, because if it isn't, it will be gone on appeal.

  • I'd be more concerned with children asking questions like, "Hey if you could kill five people……..?" Not the one with fore finger and thumb.

  • wake The fk. Up people this is all More about c control of of us! and our god given rights why won't people wake up out of there sleep. foringers illegals and so many more have more rights than true Americans do wake up get out protest make calls to this goverment call White House do something or you will see more control

  • Given, the girl should not have answered that question in way other than saying "I wouldn't like to kill anyone because it's wrong", its looking like this girl was possibly set up by the classmate who asked the question and possibly others that may not have liked her
    I would be equally concerned with those who ask questions like so who are 5 people you would like to kill!
    ….and keep in mind everyone, if this girl who aimed her hand in the shape of a gun at other people then later on went ahead and shot those people, most if not all of you would then be saying "well why wasn't something done before she took things that far…I mean she was even seen by her classmates to have been threatening them by making it like she had a gun and was shooting them."

  • As others have said; If a finger gun is a felony and the ok sign is a racial offensive gesture, yes, we are totally done in this country. It’s hard to imagine how we got here. Slavery was sooooo taboo in this country, that is until the NBA reinstated it and they now are slaves to communist China. Amazing. It’s hard to believe that black basketball players hate almost everything about this country except the white women and the millions that flow into their bank accounts. This country is self destructing and soon there will be a whole new set of rules. Thanks democrats.

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