Lincoln Teens Arrested Over Toy Guns at School

Full story: News10 Sacramento

It may be a prank to teenagers, but to Lincoln police it's no joke. Two Lincoln High school students face criminal charges, at least one a felony count, after they allegedly brought a replica machine gun and ...
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Kool Breeze

Sparks, NV

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#2
Nov 6, 2007
 
Did that kid really say
"We're in Lincoln. There isn't any reason why anybody should fear somebody actually shooting somebody, ya know?"?????????? How many people ever heard of Columbine before it happened?? Good news, that idiot is a senior and the future of America. Yeah!!
won ton

Roseville, CA

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#3
Nov 6, 2007
 
These kids are abviously ignorant. Just a couple weeks ago there was a house that was shot at right in the middle of town a few blocks from the high school. You cannot even joke around about that stuff unless you are seriously retarded. These kids need to be booted and sent to juvenile hall to set an example.
The Fool

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#4
Nov 7, 2007
 
I learned a long time ago that if you display a toy gun and someone thinks, believes or is convinced it is real you get hit with the same charge as a real firearm. Serious huh?
Amanda

West Sacramento, CA

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#6
Nov 7, 2007
 
Im glad they are taking it as serious as they are. Hello, School shooting is almost as rehular as gas price inflation. We can only dream that teachers, students and parents report it- Or it can be your child leaving one day to school and returning home in a casket... This is very serious. I was in highschool only 4 years ago, I probably would have reacted the same way this guy did- Just wait till you do put down the Wii and PS3- and get off myspace- You see whats really going on in today's society- AND THEN HAVE A CHILD and realize your whole outlook on life change instantly- Protect our children at school and call on anything suspicious. Kudos to the parent that called the cops.
FED UP WITH IT

Sacramento, CA

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#7
Nov 7, 2007
 
Isn't there a law that toy guns have to be manufactured with an identifiable red front? Police whose lives are in jeopardy every day shouldn't be put in a position of having to determine if a gun is a toy or real. These kids should have to perform some kind of public service so they won't pull a stunt like that again.
bslic

Lincoln, CA

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#8
Nov 7, 2007
 
I guess "common" sense isn't all that common anymore. There's nothing funny about pulling a gun, fake or real on another person. Scares me that some youth have no issue with this thinking.

“Desert Primrose”

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Nov 7, 2007
 
FED UP WITH IT wrote:
Isn't there a law that toy guns have to be manufactured with an identifiable red front? Police whose lives are in jeopardy every day shouldn't be put in a position of having to determine if a gun is a toy or real. These kids should have to perform some kind of public service so they won't pull a stunt like that again.
I believe you are correct. However, I suspect the manufacturers of such 'toy's find the volume of units sold plunges when they're not "realistic".

Consequently, our Peace Officers are stuck exactly where that Law says they're not supposed to be --- condemned for shooting some smarty-pants with a toy gun that looks real, or, dead, if they decide the real gun isn't ... for that split second.

Blessings and prayers for our Peace Officers, today.

As to these young persons --- let them put in a few hundred hours community service working in a morgue or sweeping floors in an ER, so that they can see the damage guns do. Perhaps then they will not be so eager to play Columbine on school grounds.
JTTG

Roseville, CA

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#10
Nov 7, 2007
 
What puzzles me is the increase of school shootings in the last 10 years. WTF is up with that?
Is there that much societal pressure in the halls that introverts feel the need to kill other human beings?
What is causing people to GO OFF and do this stupid cr@p?
Obviously in this case the idea of bringing a toy firearm to a school was well thought out NOT!
Enlighten Me

Sacramento, CA

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Nov 7, 2007
 
Fifth Generation wrote:
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I believe you are correct. However, I suspect the manufacturers of such 'toy's find the volume of units sold plunges when they're not "realistic".
Consequently, our Peace Officers are stuck exactly where that Law says they're not supposed to be --- condemned for shooting some smarty-pants with a toy gun that looks real, or, dead, if they decide the real gun isn't ... for that split second.
Blessings and prayers for our Peace Officers, today.
As to these young persons --- let them put in a few hundred hours community service working in a morgue or sweeping floors in an ER, so that they can see the damage guns do. Perhaps then they will not be so eager to play Columbine on school grounds.
Now, that's a GREAT idea!
YCRES

Auburn, CA

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#12
Nov 7, 2007
 
I think these kids should realiza that this not something that should be taken lightly, school shootings happen more and more. And the poor children who were so frightened by the "stupidity" of these kids I really feel for them. The need to be punished for their actins and know how serious this is. Maybe show them a video of the commotion at Columbine or let them talk to some of my friends who have been terrorized by Eric Houston who came into our local school and killed students and a teacher at Lindhurst High School? You can't tell the difference between a toy gun and a real gun anymore. Personally, I feel they should take all these type of "toys" off the shelves!

“Credo Quia Absurdum”

Since: Jun 07

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#13
Nov 7, 2007
 
FED UP WITH IT wrote:
Isn't there a law that toy guns have to be manufactured with an identifiable red front? Police whose lives are in jeopardy every day shouldn't be put in a position of having to determine if a gun is a toy or real. These kids should have to perform some kind of public service so they won't pull a stunt like that again.
Looking at the pictures of the "toy" guns, they look like airsoft guns. They shoot plastic BBs. They are 100% accurate 1/1 replicas. Manufacturers in the US, and retailers in the US have to have the red tips on these guns, however it is very easy to buy online from over-seas, and those do not have the red tips.

Also, these guns normaly just have a red painted tip, which can be easily painted black, or a removable plastic tip. I have dealt with these guns a bit, and to be honest, at anything more than about 10 feet, you cannot tell the difference between these and real guns.

“Desert Primrose”

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Nov 7, 2007
 
JTTG wrote:
What puzzles me is the increase of school shootings in the last 10 years. WTF is up with that?
Is there that much societal pressure in the halls that introverts feel the need to kill other human beings?
What is causing people to GO OFF and do this stupid cr@p?
Obviously in this case the idea of bringing a toy firearm to a school was well thought out NOT!
A lot of video games are very violent in nature. These are designated for adults, but a lot of young people want them. Parents who are more 'friend' than parent, or who are just too harried to know what they're doing, give in and buy them, then give 'em to the kids with little or no awareness of what they're doing.

A lot of popular movies are 'dark' in tone, as well. Again, these are specified for adults, but, even if the kids can't get into the theaters to see 'em, their parents may buy 'em on DVD and bring those movies home. The kids watch them, too.

These leave a lot of young people with an unrealistic world-view, with the idea that "everybody" uses such methods to solve their problems. Consquences (Jail, etc) are not part of that world-view. And, unfortunately, for many of these young people, suicide is part of the pact.

Make schools a 'Gun-free' zone, and what do you have? A place where some gun-happy oatmeal-for-brains can use the kids/staff for target practice and not have to worry about getting shot at, him/her-self.

Although I hate thought of kids being in an armed camp, I do think we need to put more thought into the Security of all schools. If each school had only a tiny cadre of armed personnel, shooters -- both students and non-students -- would have reason to think twice, or even three times, before invading the campus.
PRK

Sacramento, CA

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#15
Nov 7, 2007
 
Where were the parents?
lincolnite

Lincoln, CA

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Nov 7, 2007
 
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