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10-year-old arrested after bringing toy gun to school

Don’t be surprised if you happen across a headline in the near future that reads “10-year-old executed after bringing toy gun to school.” In the nationwide competition to mete out the most extreme punishment for “gun play” (as it is defined in the 21st century), school districts are way past mere suspensions and even expulsions.

Which is not to say that expulsion is off the table for a 10-year-old who was arrested on Tuesday “for brandishing a (toy) weapon.” The boy has already been suspended. reports that the child in question is (was?) an elementary school student in Northern Virginia. He is facing criminal charges after displaying a replica silver handgun to classmates on the way home from school on Monday:

The boy, a fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Alexandria, Va., was arrested and charged … Tuesday after he allegedly showed off the weapon on a school bus.

According to the police report, he failed to tell his fellow riders that the gun was a fake. It’s hard to imagine why that made his actions criminal, unless the cops are surmising that a student with a real handgun in his backpack might have felt impelled to draw his weapon. In any case, the fake gun is reported to have a black handle and orange tip.

The gun-toting child showed up at school with the gun among his belongings again on Tuesday, but this time the police were waiting for him. After his arrest, he was reportedly transported to a juvenile detention center and later released.

Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Morton Sherman told reporters that the student has been suspended and that expulsion is under consideration.

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Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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