Kansas college girl charged with felony after making guns
A 13-year-old Kansas student has been arrested and charged with a felony after police say she made a gun-like hand gesture at several students.
The girl, who attended Westridge Middle School in Overland Park, Kansas, made the gesture to four of her peers, and then to herself on September 18, after being asked about the five people she would kill in her class, according to the Overland Park Police Chief. Frank Donchez. He said the context of this conversation was unclear.
The student, who was not identified due to privacy laws, was arrested and charged on September 19 with a felony for threatening to mass shoot, a spokesperson told USA TODAY. word from the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office.
“Overnight some of these students contacted the school administration and expressed their fear of this individual, that based on this incident, they had a real fear of this individual,” Donchez said in an interview with USA TODAY.
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The school conducted an investigation on September 19 in which they interviewed the individual and other students. They then contacted the school resources manager assigned to the campus, who conducted his own investigation.
Donchez told USA TODAY that there had been previous encounters involving the student that had caused her classmates to have “fearing” her. This investigation resulted in the arrest of the student, where she was taken into juvenile detention.
Dave Smith, Shawnee Mission School District spokesperson, told KSHB-TV that his arrest “was a decision of the municipal police department” and that the school district played no role in his arrest.
She is expected to appear in Johnson County District Court as a minor on Tuesday.
This isn’t the first time this year that a gun-like hand gesture has made headlines. In August, Pennsylvania man convicted of disorderly conduct for shooting gesture with his hand lost an appeal to overturn the decision.
Westridge Middle School did not respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.
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