April 23, 2013

Somerset Student Charged with Felony over Bringing Gun to School

In an overreaction by school authorities at Southern Elementary School in Somerset, Kentucky, an 11-year-old boy was charged with a felony for bringing a gun to school, one that he forgot in his pants after sports shooting the day before with his dad.

The student, after being dropped off at school, discovered he had forgotten the gun in his pocket and told his teacher he had it.

According to Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood, the little boy has a court appearance where he will be tried as a juvenile.

A letter from Keith Patrick, principal at Southern Elementary, included this:
Regardless of the self-report and seemingly lack of motive on the part of the student, this matter is being handled with the utmost concern, urgency and seriousness that it deserves. The Pulaski County School System will pursue any criminal charges as allowable and the student was removed from school.

Sheriff Todd Wood then started creating scenarios of what could have happened, saying “Someone might be looking at the gun who doesn’t know about any type of gun safety, or it could go off accidentally and shoot (the juvenile suspect) himself. There are so many scenarios that could go wrong and pose so many different threats.”

It's disgusting to see this principle and sheriff cover their rear ends by making this unfortunate but innocent event into far more than it was.

The idea of pursuing felony charges against an 11-year-old boy, as well as threatening possible action against the father of the boy is ludicrous and positioning at best.

Facts are nothing happened, and while there was irresponsibility involved, it was totally an accident that should have been left alone once the boy let it be known he had accidentally left the gun in his pants.

How can it be illegal to forget something, even it if is a gun?

The boy is getting punished for doing the right thing, sending a message that students should keep things secret if they will end up getting in trouble for telling the truth. It should have been handled privately and out of the media and limelight. Is this mainstream media and anti-2nd Amendment people using the boy as a scapegoat and prop for their agenda?

Seeing the ridiculous response from authorities seems to point that way.

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