Teen Arrested for Making Handgun Gestures
In Overland Park, Kansas, at a 13-year-old girl, was arrested for allegedly making handgun gestures with her hands while pointing at students at Westridge Middle School. The incident was made aware through the Shawnee Mission School District’s online reporting portal.
A resource officer at Overland Park School questioned the teenager with another student who witnessed the actions of the girl. After questioning, the officer in charge arrested and booked the teen into a juvenile facility where the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office filed the charges of criminal threats.
Overland Police Department released a statement in “Newsweek,” saying, “The school district has a policy regarding intimidation, bullying, and actions that may be a threat. Too often, there are reports of violence in schools and inevitably questions about what could or done to prevent the tragedy. Threats in schools are taken very seriously and treated appropriately. 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.”
A spokesman for the Shawnee Mission School District, Dave Smith, told KSHB, “I want to be very clear: The arrest of this student was wholly unrelated to any district policy. It was a municipal police department decision, and our policies don’t impact police department decisions.”
Back when times and schools seemed safer, there were many games and gestures made by students. None of those would ever be tolerated today. The famous game of “Cowboys and Indians” would be outlawed today and turned into real-life “Cops and Criminals” where the students would be arrested and booked. “Cowboys and Indians” would most likely be turned into a mass school shooting threat or even surpass that and turn into something racial.
The old saying, “Kids will be Kids” does not apply to today’s society anymore, and it is a shame. It is unknown if the girl was just playing a game or if it was an initial threat, but in the world we live in today, we can never be too sure. The innocence of kids today have been robbed by an outside force known as hate. Hate plagues a person and causes them to do massive things people back in the older generations would never think of. The older generation would remember when we had our differences, a fistfight would break out, and then the next day, the same two who fought are best friends. Now the one who defends themselves in a fight also receives the same punishment as those who start the scuffle.
Are the school and the police being too harsh, or are they doing the right thing? It is hard to say because kids now days have so much anger and hatred built up inside themselves; it is like an animal which one never knows what to expect anymore. This is what our world of today has become.
Recently, another girl, 14 years old from Ohio, was arrested for allegedly posting “a kill list.” The list included other students and the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Who in their right minds would think of such things? Our generation didn’t.
This girl was a freshman at Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala, Ohio. The Licking County Sherriff’s Department would not release the name due to she is a juvenile. Police received the information on the alleged threats which showed up in a chat room, which was school owned. She was then arrested and charged with making terrorist threats, booked, and placed in a juvenile detention facility.
Sheriff Randy Thorp of Licking County put out this statement, “The Licking County Sheriff’s Office has, and shall continue to have, a zero-tolerance policy on threats to our schools. It is our hope, as always, that children who make these threats can receive necessary assistance at the guidance of the court and learn from the experience.”
We all are guilty in some form or fashion for making stupid decisions as kids and teenagers. It is a difficult time growing up, and it must be ten times harder growing up in the world we live in today with more bad influences than anyone could ever dream of in a nightmare. These kids are damaging their future in which they do not even realize. The young ones are just going to have to learn the hard way.