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A 13-year-old girl was arrested by a school resource officer at a Kansas middle school when she made a gun gesture with her fingers and pointed it at four classmates, officials said.
The youth was hauled out of Westridge Middle School in Overland Park in handcuffs and slapped with a felony charge for threatening.
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School officials had reached out to police about the student using an online portal 'which allows for reporting of safety concerns,' cops said in a press release about the September 18 incident.
A source who spoke with the Kansas City Star explained the student was in class when she was asked by another child, if she could kill 5 people, 'who would they be?'
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In response, the student made the gun gesture with her fingers, and pointed it at four classmates, before then turning the pretend firearm on herself, the source said.
The gesture got the youth sent to Principal Jeremy McDonnell's office. The other youths involved also were spoken to, the Star reports.
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The youth was then questioned by Shawnee Mission school district officials and the school resource officer.
'The student, as well as another student, affirmed the actions which constituted the potential threat,' cops said in the release.
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'The Police Officer, after interviews and consideration, arrested the juvenile and transported the student to an appropriate facility,' police said.
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, lock down or disruption in regular, ongoing activities …' or created the risk of causing fear, according to Johnson County District Court documents.
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No additional details were provided about the child, due to her age. A school district spokesman said the decision to arrest the student was solely made by cops, and...
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