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A Kansas 13-year-old was charged with a felony for pointing a finger gun at her classmates

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 12 Oct 2019

A 13-year-old middle-school student in Texas was charged over a September incident in which she pointed a finger gun at four classmates.The girl is facing a felony for threatening her classmates with the gesture that she made after a classmate asked her who in the class she would kill if given the chance.The girl was reportedly sent to the school's principal before the school resource officer recommended that she be arrested.The girl's grandfather told the Kansas City Star that he thinks the incident "got completely out of hand."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.A middle-school girl in Kansas is facing a felony charge for threatening her classmates with a finger gun gesture she made in class.The 13-year-old was reported on the school's anti-bullying app in September after a fellow Westridge Middle School classmate asked her who in the class she would kill, the Kansas City Star reported. The girl allegedly made a finger gun and pointed it at four nearby students and then herself, according to the Star.The girl was sent to the school principal's office, and after consulting with other students who were involved, the school resource officer recommended that she be arrested. She was then detained by police and released to her mother, a source told the Star.Johnson County District Court documents reported by the Star said that on September 18, 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, lockdown or disruption in regular, ongoing activities."She is due to appear at a hearing in the Juvenile Division of the District Court of Johnson County on Tuesday, according to the Star.The girl's grandfather says things "got completely out of hand"The girl's grandfather told the Star that he thinks the incident "got completely out of hand" and the school should have handled the incident without involving law enforcement."She was just mouthing off," he said, noting that the girl doesn't have access to a gun. "I'm really worried about my granddaughter's future."A spate of school shootings in recent years that has included attacks like the February 2018 massacre that killed 17 in Parkland, Florida have put school authorities on high alert and prompted zero-tolerance policies to crack down on intimidation and bullying, though experts have expressed doubt over how effective these programs are.Read more: With school shootings an increasingly common fear, some students and teachers have started writing their own willsThe case also pales in comparison to two 13-year-olds who faced misdemeanor charges for bringing guns to a school in the same district, though there was reportedly no sign they planned to attack the school.Read more:Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge just became the first person in history to finish a marathon in under 2 hoursAt least 1 person dead as the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in 60 years makes landfallPhotos show the Saddleridge Fire ripping through 7,500 acres of LA's San Fernando Valley, growing 800 acres per hourJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Mexico has just one store where you can legally buy a gun and it's located on a heavily-guarded military base
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