Archive for Thursday, December 19, 2013

Reports: Airsoft guns fired at East Lawrence elementary students

December 19, 2013, 9:53 a.m. Updated December 19, 2013, 2:12 p.m.


Police arrested two juveniles on suspicion of aggravated battery following an investigation of reports that students were hit by Airsoft gun pellets Wednesday afternoon at an East Lawrence elementary school.

Police were called to Kennedy Elementary after Boys and Girls Club staff reported club members being struck by plastic pellets believed to have been fired from Airsoft guns from a location off of school property while the children were at recess.

Nine children complained of being hit by plastic pellets but no students needed treatment outside of school grounds, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. Julie Boyle, a Lawrence Public Schools spokeswoman, said that the parents of the students were notified following the incident.

Police moved the children back inside the school and later identified two suspects between the ages of 10 and 12 at a residence in the 1700 block of East 21st Street, according to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman. McKinley said both were taken to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Center.

"We took this incident very seriously," McKinley said.


Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 11 months ago

I hope that the police and everyone involved in this takes it very seriously. I am glad that no one was hurt, but these kids who were shooting were imitating others who had killed at schools. Are they too young to fully realize what they were doing? Were they pretending they were killing the other kids?

Christian Camlin 1 year, 11 months ago

This is just 2 kids being silly.when I was a kid in the 70's this would have been handled with a warning and perhaps a few hours of community service.Obviously they should not shoot pieces of plastic at students.But it is doubtful they would ever harm someone.As kids we played war we had acorn wars & pine cone fights and we fired water pistol and threw water balloons and even shot each other with plastic darts or pellets.My high school even sponsored our game of Assassin as long as it did not cause a disturbance in or out of class.We were mostly having fun not trying to hurt anyone.Of course we did not do this at school and most of us weren't lookin for trouble.But today a kid doodles a picture of a gun in a notebook and the kid gets expelled for planning mass murder when he can't even imagine what that is.We may think our Zero tolerance of Pranks is helping.But in fact it makes our nation less personal and contributes to the Psychological problems that cause people to really act out.

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