Cops bust 10-year-old for bringing toy gun to school
A 10-year-old Alexandria (VA) boy was arrested after police said he brought a toy handgun to school on Tuesday, a day after he showed it to others on a school bus.ARRESTED? The kid now has a criminal record - for taking a toy gun to school? Have they lost what little is left of the minds they have?
The boy, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School whose name is not being released, was charged as a juvenile with brandishing a weapon, police said.A weapon? Again, IT WAS A TOY!
He was also suspended from school, and Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman said further action is being considered, including expulsion.Oh hell. Why not just execute him and get it over with.
...authorities found the toy in his backpack. He was taken into custody, transported to a juvenile detention center for booking and then released to his parents...Well, at least there are a few people left with a smattering of common sense.
The toy resembled a semi-automatic handgun, said police spokesman Jody Donaldson. It was silver and had a black handle. It also had a orange tip that went into the barrel, showing that no ammunition was coming out of it.
...some people said police and school administrators overreacted.
"A toy gun is no danger to anyone," said Liane Rozzell, executive director of Families & Allies of Virginia's Youth. "A 10-year-old is not a fully formed adult by any means. And that kind of situation should be dealt with outside the courts and the justice system."Hysteria is the right word. Is there no end to this madness?
Robin Ficker, a Bethesda attorney who represented a 6-year-old Montgomery County student who was suspended last month for pointing his finger and saying "pow," said the schools have become terror-stricken.
"That just shows a certain hysteria with the school administration."
BTW, since kids making guns with their fingers are now being suspended, expelled, and arrested, maybe the following should be grounds for impeachment.