"Man pulls gun in self-defense on group of harassing teenagers"

What makes this story most noteworthy is how the schools overreacted.

A report of a man pointing a gun at some teenagers on bikes at the Sears mall spurred an extensive police response and prompted school district officials to lock the doors at Fairview Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

But it turned out the young adults had in fact been harassing the man and that he pulled a weapon from his vehicle for protection, police Lt. Dave Parker said.

The two parties split after the incident at about 1:45 p.m., but witnesses followed the man with the gun north on the Seward Highway to 13th Avenue and Gambell Street, where police with guns drawn stopped the man and a passenger.

Seeing that activity, the principal of the Fairview school locked the doors, school district spokeswoman Heidi Embley said. It was the only school to take any action and reopened a short time later, she said. . . . . .

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Blogger John A said...

Did the school over-react? I'm not so sure in ths case. The admin noticed a police stop involving weapons and acted to keep kids away from a potentially violent situation - and I am sure the officers were just as happy not to have a bunch of innocents gawking.

This is not like having an eleven year old girl arrested because she has a one-and-one-half-inch-long "replica" of a Luger on her keychain.

5/08/2009 1:12 PM  

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