It’s come to this.
A 12-year-old girl in Overland Park Kansas made the shape of a gun with her hand, then pointed it one at a time at four of her classmates, then at herself.
The local police took her out of school in handcuffs, arrested her, then charged her with a felony for “threatening” fellow students.
Shawnee school district officials are backing away, saying school officers do not arrest, and are laying this at the feet of the local police department.
But according to Johnson County District Court documents, 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 …” or created just the risk of causing such fear.
That very long description probably sounded better in court than simply saying, “She pointed her finger at other kids.”
Apparently another kid in class had asked the girl if she could kill any five people in class, who would they be? She then pointed to the other four and herself. She and the other four were taken to the principal’s office where a resource officer recommended her arrest.
The girl’s grandfather said she had no access to guns and was simply mouthing off.