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Teens board bus wielding toy guns

Published 12:06am Wednesday, May 1, 2013

FERRIDAY— Three teens wielding replica firearms allegedly shot several students with plastic pellets Tuesday morning on a school bus.

The teens, who ranged in age from 13 to 16, were later arrested and charged with possession of a handgun by a juvenile as well as simple battery, Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Lee Ford said.

The students, Ford said, boarded the school bus on their way to Ferriday Junior High School before pulling out replica firearms that look like a .45-caliber handgun.

Photo courtesy of Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office — Three teens brought replica firearms resembling a .45-caliber handgun on a school bus Tuesday morning and shot several students with plastic pellets.
Photo courtesy of the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office — Three teens brought replica firearms resembling a .45-caliber handgun on a school bus Tuesday morning and shot several students with plastic pellets.

“They began shooting several smaller kids as well as each other while on the bus,” Ford said. ‘The weapons look so real that it’s hard for people to know it’s not the real thing.”

Ford said he picked up the teens from the school and took them to the sheriff’s office for interrogation, where several of them confessed to the alleged crime.

“Everything was caught on video that the buses have, so we pretty much had them doing the whole thing on the video,” Ford said. “All the kids pretty much admitted to doing it, and we had several other witnesses besides the video.”

Ford said incidents like the one Tuesday morning can easily escalate into more serious situations.

“Because those replica guns look so real, if they had pulled them on an officer in that situation it would be hard to know it was fake,” Ford said. “It’s amazing how real they look.”

The teens were released Tuesday afternoon after being booked in the juvenile system, Ford said.

 

 

  • Anonymous

    Sharp..real sharp..typical Ferriday they will be doing it again,,you can,t fix stupid.

  • Afro

    What’s stupid is your comment.

  • Vivian

    Why is this news?!?! You have more important stories to write about!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.pittman.5 Jay Pittman

    At that age, and in today’s society, they should know better. I hope they are prosecuted and punished accordingly. A joke is moving a book from one locker to another. Pulling a gun – real or not – and firing upon students is NOT funny.

  • Anonymous

    This is news, good or bad, in that it brings out awareness to others, yet more importantly their parents. Someone’s eye could have been put out! Also, how could this guns be sold without an orange color tip? Or, did they have that?

  • Anonymous

    This is news because this could have very easily been real gun and we could be talking about dead students. These kids are of age to know this is wrong and understand the consequences. It shows their complete lack of respect for authority. I hope they are punished accordingly and something is learned from this. This could have very easily been a very different story.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Terrible situation and this reflects that we need gun control strongly!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sonny Daniels

    Folks…I don’t see anyone asking the serious questions here. Did these children obtain this weapon of death legally? Did they go through a background check? Did they go through a mental health examination to prove they are stable enough to own this pistol? Did this pistol have a high capacity magazine? Does this pistol have any military features to automatically ban it from public use? Come on people!!! Some of the statements I have read are asinine…these are kids horse playing (granted in poor taste due to recent events), but they are still kids and should not be charged with crimes…and we certainly shouldn’t take their childhoods away from them. So I guess they can no longer play cops and robbers or cowboys and indians like we all did—and God forbid they chew a pop-tart up to vaguely appear to be a pistol…no, we can’t allow that, because some crazy idiot killed some people and now it is politically incorrect. I have a great idea…why don’t we ask congress to enact a “Life Control” bill and in it, we can ban all objects, substances, actions, words, etc…any possible thing on this earth that can harm someones health or hurt their feelings, and then we will insulate ourselves and never experience tragedy again. We will try to play God and micro-manage every detail in our day to day lives and eliminate all pain and suffering. You all can choose to live under a rock if you want to….as for me, I choose to live and enjoy life and just because you think government should ban everything potentially hazardous or scary under the guise of “protecting” us, please move somewhere else…the last thing we need is more government!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/80zHD Stephanie Williams

    Ok, but an adult law enforcement officer shot a REAL handgun in Natchez and KILLED a person. I was hoping to read about that real story on here today. Oh well, I guess times change more slowly here.

  • Sonny Daniels

    What if this…what if that??? It does no good to think like that. It wasn’t a real gun and they are kids acting out–last time I checked, none of us at that age had a full respect for authority and did things we shouldn’t have, but there was no malice involved and certainly should not cost them a future by putting them into the system to be around true criminal offenders…In your early teens you are immature and don’t make the wisest decisions. Perhaps they should go back and prosecute all of us for the boneheaded things we did as kids/teenagers…then they prisons would be even fuller than they are now…

  • Anonymous

    This should be a wake up call that it was that easy to get a gun on the bus!!

    Please don’t make assumptions about my childhood. I may have pushed the envelope as most kids do, but I certainly wasn’t toting guns on a school bus and shooting pellets. I also did have a strong respect for authority and rules because my parents did their job and raised a responsible person.

    This could have caused serious injury or the bus driver to have an accident. i didn’t say throw the book at them, but they do deserve to be held accountable in a strong way. maybe if more kids were held accountable instead of making excuses for them our society would be a much different place.

    I can assure you if i had done such a thing I would have been far less worried about the court than what my parents would have done. It is doing them a huge disservice to sweep this under the rug.

    Anyone who doesn’t think this should be taken more seriously is part of the reason our kids are as dysfunctional as they are. There are rules. They broke them and they deserve to pay the consequences.

  • Sonny Daniels

    Last time I checked, they didn’t get a gun on the bus…they got a toy on the bus. Big difference.

  • Sonny Daniels

    Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.–Thomas Jefferson

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1268319957 Doug Schexnayder

    Looks like a replica of real journalism ….lol…the punishment should be a replica of a real gun punishment…
    wanna bet the students only have a replica of an intact family?

  • Anonymous

    Both are banned items, and according to the article they resembled a real gun. If they can get something that closely resembles a real gun one has to question how easy it would be to get the real thing on a bus.

  • Anonymous

    Ignoramus ad infinitum. – ubon70

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I’m a descendant of one that signed that precious Declaration of Independence but my friend things are so much different now than of that day and there shouldn’t be anything taken from the rights of the USA citizen!! But more protections of back ground checks and ect.. People have got to be open minder to the issues to stop more deaths and large ones taken place here very often!!! I love my guns as well as the next but we have change our atitude toward this subject and make its changes for you never know this very well could happen to me or your family in the future for there are more of us on this earth and the economy play a part!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Uh’Oh Doug it must be bad weather and the fish aren’t biting huh’??!! How’s my Republican rival doing these days?

  • Sonny Daniels

    If one wants to change the Constitution, then amend the constitution legally–If it is the will of the people that gun control become a reality in this country, then there are proper and legal steps to be taken–what we don’t need is out of control politicians creating laws in an attempt to circumvent the Constitution and the rights guaranteed under it.

  • Sonny Daniels

    I agree Doug

  • Anonymous

    If B. Hussein O. had a son, he’d look like Khakirat.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Great goodness you are really getting it huh’??!! You seriously need to get some professional help for calling yourself names and adjectives and you probably need R/X tranquilizer for relief !! Hope you get over it!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    To the folks who have been advocating for guns in schools, what if a school security officer or principal saw one of these “fakes”, felt threatened, and fired? How funny would the joke be then?

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Well put-NRA would look very bad huh’??!! They look bad enough and too strong to dominate people but thru my faith they will falter!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    After reading some of theses comments I wonder about the parenting skills in our area. If some had done their homework before replying they would have known that the plastic pellets these guns shoot are capable of putting out an eye they can put dents in cars and break low density glass. So toys they aren’t

  • Anonymous

    Two incredibly stupid and dangerous ideas: 1) fake guns at school, and 2) real guns at school.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kshollywood Kevin Strahan

    They are kids, geez relax!!!! They should not have shot at other kids but they were just playing. We all did stupid stuff when we were kids!!! If you agree with the school people punishing these kids then you are wrong and stupid!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kshollywood Kevin Strahan

    Gun control? If anyone on here compares this to needing gun control must have voted for obummer, and is a democrat!!! And you must have a low I.Q.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    I’m both and my IQ is high and very proud of both and gun control will happen for the right of the people that will prevail!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    High single digits.

  • “THEMAN”

    Stephanie they are hypocrites….They don’t want to talk about that…talking about these kids lets talk about these grown snakes that’s doing all this dirt in Natchez.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Well, lightning I hope you got your med and feeling better!!

  • Anonymous

    This is a terrible situation and reflects that we need to instill common sense, respect, and accountability in our children. Gun control has NOTHING to do with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396600298 Janet E. Walker

    If you notice in the picture, it clearly shows an orange tip.

  • concerned redneck

    Yep that’s what they need to do is try and take my rifles and high capacity magizines. Proud NRA MEMBER

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, somehow I overlooked the picture. Now that I see it, it looks scary! There’s not enough orange, and it looks too much like the real thing.

  • Sonny Daniels

    We especially need to be on the lookout for those kids sporting NRA Shirts with pictures of guns on there…Lord knows they could cut those pictures off the shirt and use them to threaten somebody—No wonder that kid was suspended and arrested–he was a clear and present danger to society

  • Sonny Daniels

    The NRA doesn’t look bad when a crazy madman commits a crime with a firearm–that is not their responsibility–just like it isn’t Jim Beam or Chrysler’s responsibility when someone kills another person drunk driving. That argument is flawed. What does look very bad though is people advocating the destruction of their guaranteed rights in return for false security. I have quoted Thomas Jefferson before and will quote him again: “I prefer dangerous FREEDOM, over peaceful SLAVERY”.

  • Anonymous

    I understand where you are coming from but this was simple assault and should be treated as such. People have a right not to be shot, be the bullets lead or plastic. We are supposed a nation of laws which protect the rights of people, not a nation that allows parentally deficient teens to terrorize people for fun.

  • Anonymous

    Wow ! what a brilliant idea . Get rid of the guns and all crimes and murder will simply vanish . Humans have always found ways to kill each other since the beginning of recorded history . I don’t think you’re guy’s control bill will ever pass , and if it did . What’s next , a ban on knives , bricks , cars , hammers , the list can go on forever . Man has always murdered his fellow man . Guns or no guns nothing will stop murders from happening . You sheeple need to wise up .

  • Anonymous

    You’re wasting your time with Jethro. He’s been indoctrinated by the libtards.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Lightning, I swell with pride from your comments for I’m a die hard huh’??!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Now, your getting the message for the poll the ND shows 79% voted against people of your way of thinking huh’??!!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Okay, another example about rights and freedoms: paying into Obamcare is no different than being forced to have automobile insurance so as Ceasar to pay unto remember?!

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Over majority of the US citizens don’t want people as yourselve to be able to buy tanks, rocket lauchers , and assault weapons!!!! No rights lost to the citizens at all!!!!!!

  • Sonny Daniels

    And the majority of people in this country voted for a commie fascist community organizer, who during his first four years, proved time and time again he is hell bent on destroying this country..yet, they voted for him again…and you think that I expect the readers of the ND to be any different from the American Sheeple who voted for a man who should be picking up trash from my house on Mondays and Thursdays, instead of president of the USA. Wake up–this country is in a downward spiral and the 79% you cited is a part of the problem.

  • Sonny Daniels

    You are wrong–driving an automobile is a privilege, not a right…if I choose to make use of that privilege, I must carry insurance. If I choose not to drive, then I am not forced to buy insurance. Health Insurance is not a right, it is a privilege as well–if I am wrong, please show me which Article of the Constitution that proves me wrong. I have the choice to carry health insurance or not…I can purchase my own policy or participate in the coverage an employer offers me. Now Obama and the Dumbocrats think they have the authority to force me to purchase government healthcare–that is wrong. It is unconstitutional. I know what you are going to say..the Supreme Court, etc etc…I have heard it all. It doesn’t matter…it is still unconstitutional. Especially when one tries to use the Supreme Court decision to back up Obamacare–well even in that case, CJ Roberts said it passes the test because it is a tax—well, guess what–all revenue generating taxes must originate in the House, and Obamacare originated in the senate, therefore it is doubly unconstitutional. Wake up–Obamacare is not about healthcare–it is about manipulation and control…just like gun control is really about people control.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Don’t it make you proud that we are Americans that we are protected by rights in our Constitution that we can make a comment as you did to disagree to any man or President without retaliation but in Russia or elsewhere you could be jailed and you and the family all killed!! I respect your opinion friend but disagree but do it in a civil way huh’??!! I feel in noway that the country is going down but the opposite and its going to get better and better but so be it that whether it goes either way my Savior is in control of it all and I owe my blessing to him to whatever happens!!!!!!!! You have a great weekend and best to you!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Guns are not the problem , it’s the wrong kind of people who own them . You act as if these guns are making people commit these crimes . The problem is people ! get it !

  • Anonymous

    You’re right , this Kharioke guy is some sort of socialist .

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    They help them thru the crimes huh’??!!

  • Anonymous

    And a moron.