A twelve-year-old girl was led out of school in handcuffs after she formed a gun with her fingers and pointed them at her classmates, police say.
The girl was reportedly in class at Westbridge Middle School in Overland Park, Missouri on September 18 when the ‘threat’ led to her arrest.
An anonymous source told The Kansas City Star that the incident occurred after another student asked the girl who she would kill if she could kill five people in the class.
The girl then reportedly pointed her finger gun at four students one by one, then turned the imaginary weapon on herself.
After the gesture, the girl was sent to the principal’s office. A school resource officer said the girl should be arrested. Police were called and they detained the girl before later releasing her to her mother.
She has since been charged with a felony for threatening. Johnson County District Court documents allege that 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 …’
The girl’s grandfather, John Cavanaugh, said: ‘I think this is something that probably could have been handled in the principal’s office and got completely out of hand.’12 men charged with raping two teenage girls
‘She was just mouthing off,’ he continued, adding that she has no access to a real gun and has no intention of hurting any of her classmates.
School spokesman David Smith said the school would not comment on the case, but said it was the local police, not the school district, that arrested the girl.
‘That’s not our job,’ he said.Turkey launches military offensive in Syria as warplanes bomb Kurdish fighters
Smith also said that simply pointing finger guns at another student might violate the district’s rules against intimidation and bullying.
He explained: ‘I might not have anything in my hand but I might be so clear that the individual definitely feels threatened.’
The girl has a court hearing scheduled with the Juvenile Division of the District Court of Johnson County on Tuesday.