13-Year-Old Charged With Felony After Allegedly Point Finger Gun at Classmates

The child was arrested and charged.
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A 13-year-old middle school student has been charged with a felony after she allegedly pointed a finger gun at a few of her classmates in Kansas.

The Westridge Middle School student was allegedly having a conversation with a classmate who asked her who she would choose to kill in the room, the Kansas City Star reported. The girl then made her fingers into the shape of a gun and pointed them at four students and then herself, the news outlet said.

Police said a student used the school’s ant-bullying app to alert school staff to the incident and a school resource officer, employed by Overland Park Police Department, arrested the girl after questioning. 

The teen was then charged with criminal threat.

“Too often there are reports of violence in schools and inevitably questions about what could or should have been done to prevent the tragedy,” police said in a statement. “Threats in schools are taken very seriously and treated appropriately.”

The school did not respond to InsideEdition.com’s request for comment, but the Shawnee Mission School District told NBC News it could not discuss the incident and that it was not involved in her arrest.

The child’s grandfather, Joe Cavanaugh, also told the Kansas City Star that the whole ordeal “got completely out of hand” and should have been handled solely by school administrators, not authorities.

He added that his granddaughter has no access to a firearm.

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