Girl, 13, Arrested for ‘Finger Gun’

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My first impulse was to blame the police for allowing dingbat school officials to waste their time with another “The sky is falling!” alarm–this one resulting in the arrest of a 13-year-old middle school student for allegedly making a “criminal threat.” With her finger (https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/olivianiland/kansas-westridge-middle-school-13-year-old-finger-gun-arrest). This was last month at the Westridge School in Overland Park, Kansas.

But Police Chief Frank Donchez stands by his action. “I’ll take heat all day long for arresting a 13-year-old,” he said. “I’m not willing to take the heat for not preventing a school tragedy.” Hard to blame him for that.

It seems some other kid asked the girl to point out “five people you would kill,” so she made a “finger gun” and pointed to five other kids. Once upon a time that would be just idle, ordinary kid talk. But times have changed.

According to the police chief, those children went home and told their parents about the incident, the parents called the police, and the chief talked to them. They were “genuinely fearful of this girl,” the chief said.

My usual reaction to stories like this one is, “Well, here’s another overstaffed and over-budgeted police force with an awful lot of time on its hands.” But not this time.

However–! Our public schools today have become morally toxic: no God, no prayer, “celebrate gender fluidity,” Climate Change “we’re all gonna die in just 12 years unless we get a global government,” assignments to the kiddies to write suicide notes–who is this good for? What kind of spiritual environment is this?

You can station a police officer on every corner of the town; but if the people are lawless at heart, it won’t do any good.

 

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “Girl, 13, Arrested for ‘Finger Gun’

  • Watchman

    The words of John Adams keeps coming back to me, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people”. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Our Constitution affords us with a great deal of freedom, like the right to bear arms, but it requires a degree of self-governing.

    It is said that every generation is a generation of savages that must be civilized through family, religion, and schooling. But all these institutions have broken down, and so as the ability to self-govern ourselves. So then the government has to make ever unceasing laws to control our out of control behavior. But all that really accomplishes is eroding our freedoms.

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  • thewhiterabbit2016

    The student who shot all those at the Florida high school had all kinds of red flags on his record but nothing was done about it. If this 13 year old girl had other things that registered as red flags it is probably good she was arrested. Seems like school shootings are the fastest way to get famous in your home town these days – so sad.

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    • leeduigon

      And yet when we were kids, and when our mothers and fathers were kids, year after year, decade after decade went by without even one school shooting. And America’s per-capital gun ownership was higher then, too.

      Kill the culture, and it will kill you back. Literally.

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  • weavingword

    I agree–nowadays you have to take this stuff seriously. This is the result of raising kids without morals, hope, or a sense of integrity…and then forcing them all together into a public school system not equipped to protect them from outsiders or each other. It’s a guaranteed recipe for disaster.

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