12-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Prank Call About School Shooter: When Will Kids Learn?

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schoolIt's undeniable that we are living in very scary times these days. Nothing is more frightening than the spate of school shootings that have rocked our country in recent years. Understandably, teachers, administrators, and police are on edge. So, needless to say, everyone went into high alert when a 911 call came in about a shooter at a Minnesota school this morning. It turned out to be a prank, but no one is laughing. The 12-year-old boy accused of making the call has been arrested and, though he's just a kid, he deserves a serious punishment for what he did.

In the wake of Columbine, Sandy Hook, and so many other instances of deadly school violence, this is nothing to fool around with. The caller said he was inside one of the school buildings and needed help because there was a shooter roaming the halls with an AK-47. He even claimed there had already been a couple of victims. Immediately, the school, which includes middle and high school students, went into lockdown mode.

When police got to the scene, they quickly determined that no one had been hurt and figured out which boy had made the call. (As of now, it's unclear how they narrowed it down to this particular kid.) Meanwhile, parents couldn't get to the school fast enough and students were let out by late morning. Shockingly, this isn't the first time something like this has happened there. A couple months before, a student was expelled after calling in a bomb threat. 

It's just crazy to me that someone -- even a kid -- would do such a dangerous, callous thing. What's the motivation? To get out of a test? To avoid running into someone? Just for kicks? This kind of behavior should have a serious penalty and not just because it's morally wrong. It's also incredibly dangerous too. The police have no idea the situation they are walking into. They could have shot an innocent student or teacher suspected of being a gunman. And what about the emotional toll this fear and panic takes on the entire town. What started as some stupid joke could have ended in a terrible, terrible tragedy. So I think officials were completely justified in arresting that child. If there is any time to send a message about this kind of thing, it's now.

Do you think police overreacted by arresting this prankster?


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Rootbear Rootbear

If my kid ever did anything like that, there would be no Christmas, no birthday, no Easter, no TV, no video games for a year. What the hell is wrong with people?

nonmember avatar elflord mcgeek

He deserves whatever punishment is coming. What the hell is wrong with him? that was stupid, immature, and very dangerous. he knows right from wrong. if my daughter ever did that she would be so grounded and so much more, whatever the school or law does to her, my punishment will be so much worse.

Erika Wolfe

my kid would forget what freedom smelled like.

Debbie Brooks

At 12yrs old this boy knows the difference between right & wrong.  He knew what he was doing & that it was wrong.  He Absolutely deserved what he got.


Julie Whutsherface Stejskal

Kids today serously have no respect in any sense ok i cant say all  there is like (20 out of 100) that seem to have common sense and a soul ,i know soundin harsh but iv been seein whut grade school kids are doin an sayin where my kids go to school and even they seem to be bitter and cruel and have messed up senses of humor.He should get a good harsh scare thats for sure. thats why i adore that scared straight program... they need ta do that more 

Kim Fowler

Lock him up and disown him. He knows right from wrong, he can rot in jail/juvie till he dies.

Jennifer Walker

I would be forever embarrassed to be the parent of such a stupid kid. This wasn't just a "bad choice". Shame on him and hopefully arresting him will teach him something.

Shelly Alvarez

Till he dies really? Really? HE IS A KID!! 12 years old and damning him for life? Yeah he messed up. Yeah in the wake off all the madness, it is pretty bad. Ten years ago when I was in high school the same thing was going on, bomb threats every month. A good scare of juvie and an some sever restrictions at home would be my answer.

Melissa Buonauto-Meier

whatever they decide to do is fine by me. Juvie, probation, etc. If he were my kid he would be so epically screwed he'd never EVER think of doing it again. What is wrong with this kid. Years ago, we'd get in trouble bc it was wrong yes, but really in the wake of recent activities, it's even MORE wrong to do it. Imagine being one of those parents that ran to the school to get their kid thinking there was a shooter there. I'd fine the kid and punch him in the throat...it wouldn't be right but I'd do it anyway. smh

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