(TMU)– A 13-year-old girl in Overland Park, Kansas, was apprehended last month in addition to charged with a felony after authorities state her schoolmates claim she made a “gun-like hand gesture” at multiple students.
The lady, who is a student at Westridge Middle School, flashed the “finger weapon” at 4 fellow students also after that towards herself on September 18 after her schoolmates asked her which five people in the classroom she would kill, stated Overland Park Law enforcement Chief Frank Donchez.
The trainee, who remains unidentified because laws securing her personal privacy, was arrested and charged the day following the occurrence for threatening a mass shooting, according to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office. The girl confessed to threatening others, the officers have said.
Donchez told USA Today:
“Overnight, a few of those students called the school administration also expressed their fear of this specific, that based upon this incident, they were in authentic worry of this person.”
The context of the conversation remains uncertain but the lady is now residing in California, according to the Kansas City Star.
The girl’s grandfather, Jon Cavanaugh, says that she was merely mouthing off. He told the Idol:
“I believe that this is something that most likely could have been handled in the principal’s workplace too got totally out of hand.”
However, Donchez insists that her classmates had felt legally “fearful” of her based upon previous encounters, consisting of one occurrence that was examined too led to her dealing with a long time in juvenile detention.
Dave Smith, a spokesperson for the Shawnee Mission School District, informed KSHB 41:
“I wish to be very clear: The arrest of this student was completely unassociated to any district policy. It was a community cops department decision, plus our policies do not impact cops department decisions.”
In a statement, officers said:
“Ensuring the safety of everybody in a school, or neighborhood, is a leading priority also needs constant alertness, moms too dads advising their children of appropriate habits in school in addition to an understanding by the public that each case is completely examined former to any arrest is made and a charge filed.”
On Tuesday, she will appear as a juvenile Tuesday at the District Court of Johnson County.
The lady’s arrest highlights the tense scenario at schools throughout the United States, as well as the area. Just last month at neighboring Hocker Grove Middle School, two 13-year-old students showed up to school with real weapons stashed in their knapsacks.
The kids were charged with misdemeanors also the Hocker Grove principal said that no evidence recommended the teenagers planned to utilize their weapons at school.
In the case of the young girl, threatening is a felony. Such charges might haunt her in the future, as felony charges can undermine trainees’ opportunities of being accepted into some colleges or the U.S. armed force.
If convicted, the lady could face a year at a juvenile detention center. Cavanaugh stated:
“I’m truly stressed over my granddaughter’s future.”
By Elias Marat/ Creative Commons/ TheMindUnleahed.com