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The arrest of a sixth-grader in Tavares, Fla., accused of using a balloon and milk carton top to make a small "deadly weapon" slingshot and fire a pellet at a classmate was uncalled for and overblown by authorities, according to the boy's mother.
Lake County sheriff's deputies said Tavares Middle School student Kevin Cottle, 11, used his toy as a weapon when he hit another boy in the chest at school.
Cottle faces second-degree felony charges of shooting or throwing a deadly missile in connection with the incident.