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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Exchange student brings pistol to school

By Washington Post editors

An exchange student at Walt Whitman High School in Montgomery County has been charged with taking what looked like a semi-automatic handgun to school, WTOP reports.

Police say the weapon turned out to be an air pistol and that the incident may have been a misunderstanding.

The student, a 14-year-old from China, told police he considered the pistol a toy and he wasn't aware of policies about bringing weapons to schools.

He has been charged as a juvenile with one count of possession with a dangerous weapon on school property.

By Washington Post editors  | January 5, 2011; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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A reasonable system would cut a 14 year old some slack if he legitimately did not know that a realistic-looking toy gun could not be brought to school.

But we live in a zero-tolerance culture where a 3rd grader can be permanently expelled from the public schools because his grandmother sent him to class with a birthday cake and a butter knife. Where first graders get arrested and hauled in front of a judge for hitting each other. Where a school administrator thinks it's OK to paw around inside the body cavities of a 13 year old girl because another child told him the girl had given her some Advil.

So I imagine this exchange student should consider himself lucky if all that happens is he gets deported.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 5, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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