posted on Feb, 23 2004 @ 12:04 PM
An elementary student brought a handgun to school, but according to New Hampshire State Law he did not commit a criminal act. This frustrates Sandown
police who wanted to charge the child's mother, who gave her son to permission to bring the gun to school.
"According to an affidavit filed with the court, Donna Henderson, 44, had given her son permission to take the broken Raven .25-caliber pistol with
him as long as he did not take it out of the bag at Sandown North Elementary. The plan was to show the gun to a friend after school at the friend?s
An elementary student who brought a handgun to school has been expelled for 10 days. The mother stated that she thought it was okay for her son to
bring the weapon to school, since the firing pin was removed and it wasn't loaded. The school district could not produce a copy of its policy banning
guns, but a federal law passed in 1994 requires expulsion for students bringing a firearm to school. Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams who was
denied an arrest warrant, wants to know why New Hampshire does not have a state law which makes bringing a handgun to school illegal. Some New
Hampshire school districts are afraid of charging children with criminal penalties.
The State Legislature has only to look at the news from last week when a fifth-grader at Brookland Elementary, a Northeast D.C school, was suspended
for threatening other students with a gun. The logic that determines that laws are not necessary is flawed, and is a classic example of "This won't
happen to me." A 4th grader with a gun is just as deadly as an adult with a gun. Hopefully, the State will use this wakeup call wisely to make it
clear actions like this must not happen.
Further reading: What are the gun laws in your state?
[Edited on 23-2-2004 by Zion Mainframe]