A student at a metro middle school in Overland Park, Kansas, was charged with a felony for making what police are calling a direct threat to the school. The student made a ‘finger gun’ and pointed it.
According to authorities, there was no actual weapon found; however, the young girl’s actions were confirmed by two other students. The school’s resource officer detained the young student.
Specifics surrounding the case have yet to be released. However, Howe did speak to what is taken into account during these types of cases.
“If someone makes a direct threat to another person to do harm to another person, that is considered criminal threat, and that would be a felony,” Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said.
Howe continued; “In most instances, an individual with that kind of charge would be eligible for some kind of diversion plan,” Howe said. “It would be extremely difficult, almost impossible, under the current juvenile justice system to actually send them to the correctional facility for that type of behavior because it is such a low-level offense, it would not meet the criteria needed.”
When asked if the charges were extreme Howe responded by referencing the school shooting last year that left 17 dead.
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“I think law enforcement and schools understand that we need to address bad behavior,” Howe said. “Not be heavy-handed but at the same time, address that bad behavior and prevent it from getting worse.”
The student has a closed hearing at the Juvenile District Court in the next couple of weeks.