A fourth-grader at Betz Elementary in Bellevue is awaiting punishment after bringing a toy gun to school on Tuesday. After one of his classmates saw the gun tucked in his waistband, he informed school officials who informed the police.
With its metallic finish and without an orange tip many thought the gun was real. “It's going to cause a response because people are going to want to investigate it,” said Bellevue Police Capt. Chuck Clark. “They're going to want to call the police to see if this is a real gun because nowadays this is a possibility.”
With so many random acts of violence in society, kids are getting the message on when to report something wrong. Bellevue police offer presentations or literature for parents to use at home. “How to talk to their child about guns,” said Capt. Clark.
The Bellevue Police Department hasn't pressed charges. The school is working with the parents to determine a punishment suited for the boy's age. The maximum punishment would be suspension lasting the rest of the school year.
At the Boys and Girls Club of South Omaha you can see children playing sports, but that's just one activity that goes on there. Leaders teach life lessons, like saying something when they see something wrong and staying away from weapons.
“They have the tools necessary to better prepare themselves to make the right choices instead of making the wrong decision, but they have everything they need at their hands,” said South Omaha Boys and Girls Club Teen Director Andrew Tramp.
The children understand why and know there could be dangerous consequences otherwise. “It's a really good choice to tell someone that this person has a weapon,” said club member Dalila Rios. “If you don't tell, it's going to end up a huge issue.”