Six Year Old Accused of Gun Threat: Police Turn Up Nothing
7/6/2012 (Updated 7/7/2012 9:13:07 AM)Kids and guns in schools:
It's a serious concern these days, but so is bullying and false accusations which can victimize the innocent.
Earlier this week-- we told you about two eighth graders who were given a year's suspension from Jennie F. Snapp school--after they were accused of planning to bring guns into the school and shoot students.
Their mothers and their lawyer say the accusations were false, and made by bullies--and the school system did not follow proper procedures--
At around the same time, in late May, a six-year old boy was accused of a similar plan-- this time, it was at the George F. Johnson school:
"I don't have any guns...I have a nerf gun, but I don't bring it to school...guns scare me" --his name is Tyler Bronson, in the first grade at George F Johnson School in Endicott--
He and his mother, Jessica Bronson, say another student aboard a school bus with Tyler said that Tyler threatened to bring a gun to school--
that happened on a Friday--but it wasn't until early Monday morning
that there came a knocking at their door.
A policeman entered, without asking permission, she says, and searched Tyler's bookbag and other parts of the house.
She says, he was "banging at the door....I didn't know what had happened...I was wondering if a member of my family was in trouble."
Later, police concluded that there was no reason for concern, and the case was closed.
Jessica Bronson believes the matter could have been handled in a way that would not have frightened her son, and caused her to panic.
John Bertoni, the mayor of Endicott seems to agree: He says it could have been handled in a way that would not have frightened the six year old....it was a little rough...it didn't start with a Teddy Bear like you see in the movies." Bertoni tells Fox 40 he's talked with the police department about using a softer approach.
Meantime, Jessica Bronson says she wasn't given many details of how it all came about-- and is still left wondering.
The Union Endicott School District says it was a police matter from the beginning, and the district was not involved in any way.
It has no other comment on the matter
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