He should obviously be branded a terrorist and have the rest of his life ruined
(Washington Examiner) A 10-year-old Alexandria 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.
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.
He was also suspended from school, and Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman said further action is being considered, including expulsion.
On Monday, the boy showed the plastic gun to at least one other student during a bus ride home from the school. The 10-year-old did not point it at anyone or threaten to shoot it, but he neglected to mention that the weapon was fake, said Alexandria police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt.
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.
It’s a toy, most likely designed to shoot tiny rubber pellets. I have one myself based on a Walther P99 (I also have the real thing). The kid is 10. Yeah, he should have really left it at home, much like most kids’ toys should be left at home, but, he’s 10. The school even went as far as to send a letter to all the parents to let them know, I guess, that a tiny terrorist with a fake plastic gun was apprehended.
These people need to get some common sense. Take the toy away, calmly explain to the child that he should leave toys at home, and move on.
In related news, a 7 year old was suspended from school for throwing an imaginary grenade in a game about saving the world.