According to LaFayette Police Fire and Safety director chief Tommy Freeman,:
On April 28, at around 3 p.m., a student threw a Twinkie at another student, who in return pulled out a .44-caliber revolver and dry-fired it at the student.
The 14-year-old was taken into custody and released to his parents. A hearing will be held May 14.
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“A kid is charged right now with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm on school property and making ter-roristic threats,” Freeman said Monday.
Freeman said school resource officer Benji Clift, who is assigned to LaFayette High School and all other schools in the city limits, is handling the investigation.
Freeman said the juvenile took the firearm from his home and the incident did not occur on the actual school premises, but the school bus is considered school premises.
According to Freeman, the bus driver intervened and contacted the school, which contacted the LaFayette Po-lice Department the next day and the investigation got underway.
Asked what parents should do to prevent these types of incidents, Freeman said, “Keep them (firearms) put up and locked up. Keep the firearm and the ammunition separated. Don’t allow underage children access to firearms.”
Freeman also encourages gun owners and parents to obtain gun safety locks.
Freeman commented on how today’s children play violent video games and how those children can be mis-guided and confuse those games with reality.
No injuries occurred during the incident.