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Police arrest 10 year old boy for bringing toy gun to school

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.

School officials said they learned about the incident Monday evening and immediately started investigating. Alexandria police spoke to school administrators Tuesday morning before the boy got to school.

When the boy arrived, authorities found the toy in his backpack. He was taken into custody, transported to a juvenile detention center for booking and then released to his parents, Hildebrandt said.

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Idiotic

In the era of zero tolerance, you aren't allowed to use common sense.

A toy gun obviously is not going to hurt anyone. These people seem to be freaking out about the mere CONCEPT of guns. If a child even THINKS about a weapon in any way, they're now considered a threat!

Perhaps it is also a form a brainwashing the poor kid. They bring a toy gun to school, draw a picture of a gun, or make a gun with their finger, and suddenly everyone comes down on him like a ton of bricks. The intent is to teach the child that guns are horrible and evil things that he should never even think about, and that only the "good guys" (police and military) should have them. This paragraph is all just a guess.

How can someone be charged with brandishing a NON-weapon?

That is like charging someone with a crime that the prosecutor knows that they did not commit.

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So rediculous!

Over the top! This must be conditioning