A 12-year-old Kansas student was arrested on September 18 for pointing a finger gun at other students in her middle school.
Spokesperson for the Shawnee Mission School District Dave Smith said that the arrest was not for violation of any school policy, but was a “municipal police department decision.”
The Overland Police Department said they were notified of the student’s action through the school district’s online reporting portal. They questioned two students about the incident and felt that there was enough of a threat to detain the student who made the threat.
Johnson County District Attorney’s Office then filed charges against the student.
“Ensuring the safety of everyone in a school, or community, is a top priority 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,” police said.
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