Kansas Schoolgirl Arrested, Charged with Felony for Brandishing Finger Gun

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…

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…”

A person familiar with a more detailed incident report spoke to The Star on condition of anonymity. The person said that during a class discussion, another student asked the girl, if she could kill five people in the class, who would they be? In response, the girl allegedly pointed her finger pistol — like the ones many children use playing cops and robbers.

That’s a big no-no. The first rule of gun safety is to treat every gun like it’s loaded, even the one that’s literally just your thumb and forefinger.

Seriously, though, how is this a police matter? It’s a 12-year-old girl, armed with nothing but her finger. Are we going to force kids to wear mittens year-round so they don’t accidentally shoot somebody?

Hat tip to Cam Edwards, who points out that a couple of kids recently brought real guns to school in the same district but weren’t charged with a felony. If finger guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have finger guns.

https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article235891762.html?

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