No Criminal Charges For 7-Year-Old Who Fired Gun on School Bus. Parents Off the Hook, Too

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The Mesa Police Department tells New Times that no charges will be filed against a 7-year-old boy who accidentally fired a loaded gun on a school bus full of children last week -- and there's a reason: he's only friggin' seven!

In case you missed it, the boy brought a loaded gun on a Mesa school bus full of kids last week. As the kid was moving the gun, which was in his backpack, it went off. Luckily, nobody was hit. Get all the details here (note the correction on the boy's age -- initially we were told he's 8).

Additionally, the boy's parents -- who own the gun -- will not be charged with any crimes, either.

As Mesa Detective Steve Berry explains, if the boy were placed in juvenile detention, because of his age, "he'd have to have someone help him get dressed everyday -- help him eat his cereal."

The obvious challenges of locking up a 7-year-old aside, Berry says the boy didn't even know how to operate the gun, and didn't understand the dangers of bringing a loaded weapon on a school bus.

The boy told detectives he found the gun in his mother's closet, hidden behind piles of clothes, and brought it to school for protection -- he said he would use it if someone tried to "take him."

When asked what he would do with the gun if someone actually tried to "take him," the boy told detectives he'd hit them with it. Apparently, he had no idea that pulling the trigger would cause the gun to fire.

As for the parents, Berry says they're not being charged because there's nothing to indicate that they're neglectful, and it appears they weren't careless with the gun -- it wasn't sitting on a coffee table, or anything.

According to Berry, the gun was hidden and in a case when the boy found it -- and it had a trigger-lock. However, neither the case nor the trigger-lock were locked when the boy found the gun.

Legally, the boy may be off the hook. However, he now faces a mandatory one-year expulsion from his Mesa elementary school, which is the district's policy for students who bring dangerous weapons on campus.School officials, however, reportedly say "district staff is researching how much latitude the board has when it comes to enforcing the policy. A lesser penalty might be applied when circumstances call for it."
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PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

HELLO! EARTH to the NRA, POLICE and all the teabaggers! The child had no idea how dangerous the gun is and his parents are idiots and should be charged with a crime. But in AZ even if you murder someone in cold blood IT'S not always illegal. Marty comes to mind, and so do a lot of other law breaking pussies in AZ.

ericnelson745
ericnelson745

The kid and his parents definitely dodged a bullet.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

they were lucky their kid didn't kill someone by accident.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

So, what are you trying to say?

Nick
Nick

 he is still an idiot. dont waste your time with this unemployed  atheist nitwit. signed your Geminii pal

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

that the idiotic parents shouldn't have the ability to own a firearm, and should have been charged with a crime?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Did you really have to paste your garbage on my post three fucking times? As if it makes your point any stronger. The guns should be removed from their household and THEY shouldnt be allowed to get them back period.

MollyPitcher
MollyPitcher

You are right and the situation in our society is really bad.  It confuses me that a kid was killed by police for having a bb gun at school yet nothing is done in this situation.  Our second amendment keeps the law from taking away people's right to bear arms.  Just as the laws are SUPPOSE to keep from others infringing upon other's liberties.  I do believe these parents need some training and the child needs some counseling for having such fears and if he had something to fear (ie. someone hurting him) then that should be addressed at the local level.  Things have gone nuts.  There are many parents out there that shouldn't even be parents, chalk that up to the Central Government being way too involved in our lives and the public indoctrination school system has dumbed down people to where they have to be told when to blow their noses!  Common sense all the way around has left this country!  Talk about others being murdered what about the drug war and the cartels?  What about those who kill their own families (because it is their religion) and get away scott free?  What about these Unconstitutional wars?  What about these guys coming home from these wars so messed up with PTSD and the government doesn't treat them?  (You are going to see murder rise from these guys!)  Taking away a person's right to bear arms will solve nothing except to give the government an easy way to enslave us all!  There are positive measures that can be done to correct this type of situation first look at where all this stems from, #1- The parent's uneducated way of handling weapons in the home.  #2 - A child fearing for their own life when they leave the house.  These are the issues that need to be addressed.  People need to start taking responsibility for their own actions.

MollyPitcher
MollyPitcher

You are right and the situation in our society is really bad.  It confuses me that a kid was killed by police for having a bb gun at school yet nothing is done in this situation.  Our second amendment keeps the law from taking away people's right to bear arms.  Just as the laws are SUPPOSE to keep from others infringing upon other's liberties.  I do believe these parents need some training and the child needs some counseling for having such fears and if he had something to fear (ie. someone hurting him) then that should be addressed at the local level.  Things have gone nuts.  There are many parents out there that shouldn't even be parents, chalk that up to the Central Government being way too involved in our lives and the public indoctrination school system has dumbed down people to where they have to be told when to blow their noses!  Common sense all the way around has left this country!  Talk about others being murdered what about the drug war and the cartels?  What about those who kill their own families (because it is their religion) and get away scott free?  What about these Unconstitutional wars?  What about these guys coming home from these wars so messed up with PTSD and the government doesn't treat them?  (You are going to see murder rise from these guys!)  Taking away a person's right to bear arms will solve nothing except to give the government an easy way to enslave us all!  There are positive measures that can be done to correct this type of situation first look at where all this stems from, #1- The parent's uneducated way of handling weapons in the home.  #2 - A child fearing for their own life when they leave the house.  These are the issues that need to be addressed.  People need to start taking responsibility for their own actions.

MollyPitcher
MollyPitcher

You are right and the situation in our society is really bad.  It confuses me that a kid was killed by police for having a bb gun at school yet nothing is done in this situation.  Our second amendment keeps the law from taking away people's right to bear arms.  Just as the laws are SUPPOSE to keep from others infringing upon other's liberties.  I do believe these parents need some training and the child needs some counseling for having such fears and if he had something to fear (ie. someone hurting him) then that should be addressed at the local level.  Things have gone nuts.  There are many parents out there that shouldn't even be parents, chalk that up to the Central Government being way too involved in our lives and the public indoctrination school system has dumbed down people to where they have to be told when to blow their noses!  Common sense all the way around has left this country!  Talk about others being murdered what about the drug war and the cartels?  What about those who kill their own families (because it is their religion) and get away scott free?  What about these Unconstitutional wars?  What about these guys coming home from these wars so messed up with PTSD and the government doesn't treat them?  (You are going to see murder rise from these guys!)  Taking away a person's right to bear arms will solve nothing except to give the government an easy way to enslave us all!  There are positive measures that can be done to correct this type of situation first look at where all this stems from, #1- The parent's uneducated way of handling weapons in the home.  #2 - A child fearing for their own life when they leave the house.  These are the issues that need to be addressed.  People need to start taking responsibility for their own actions.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

right, and if the kid had even if by accident shot another kid and killed them what about their liberty, and freedom. THEY should have been charged with a felony and LOST their RIGHTS to have the gun in the first place for being total fucking irresponsible parents.

MollyPitcher
MollyPitcher

PTCGAZ are you saying people shouldn't be able to own guns?  If everyone who acts like an idiot from time to time were charged with a crime then EVERYONE would be locked up.  I agree the parents are the ones who need some training in firearms safety and to teach the basic to their kids.  Even 5 year olds can be taught to not mess with a weapon and about basic dynamics of the weapon.  Also they need to talk with their kids that if they fear something then they need to come to the parents and get it worked out.  Hell our public schools are just a place for kids to do whatever they want, reminds me of the movie Escape from New York!  I would never put my kids in the Federal Government Indoctrination System!!!!!  In fact I didn't!  I homeschooled my kids and they grew up learning the true values of Freedom and Liberty and the Constitution.  BTW they are also great shots with a weapon!

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