A 12-year-old student in Kansas did not deserve a felony charge for pointing a “finger gun” at fellow students, says a civil liberties attorney.
The Kansas City Star first reported on the arrest of the female student at Westridge Middle School after she pointed a finger gun at four students, then pointed it at herself, during a class discussion.
"To me,” says civil liberties attorney John Whitehead, “this just a total bungling of justice and incredibly outrageous.”
According to the newspaper, it appears a school resource officer arrested the student after learning of the incident. The officer recommended the arrest, the newspaper said.
Whitehead calls the looming felony charge absurd especially after two junior high boys, in a second Kansas public school district, brought guns to school in their backpacks. They were charged with a misdemeanor.
The attorney, who leads the Rutherford Institute, says a felony conviction will follow the girl for the rest of her life.
The incident should have been handled by the school principal and the child’s parents, he adds.