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A 13-Year-Old Girl Was Arrested For Making A Finger Gun And Pointing At Other Students

The Westridge Middle School incident is not the first of its kind. A Colorado first-grader was suspended in 2015 for making a finger gun and telling a classmate “You’re dead.” In 2014, a 10-year-old in Ohio was also suspended for reportedly pointing a finger gun at another student’s head. In 2018, a Pennsylvania man was found guilty of disorderly conduct for pointing a finger gun at his neighbor. However, this latest incident appeared to be the first finger gun incident to result in a felony charge.

All those other instances were men/boys.

This made me reflect on how much we forgive when it comes to men. Several of the most recent (male) school shooters were well-known bullies. A couple of them abused ex-girlfriends. But I’m sure everyone made excuses for that behavior at the time. Probably had sympathy for the men more so than their victims.

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Based on the article, it seems like they do have reason to believe this girl may try something. But I wonder if the students/faculty/police would have acted so quickly if it were a boy. We seem to forgive violent tendencies when it comes to men, despite the fact that men commit the overwhelming majority of violent crimes. We accept that violence is a male trait, but for some reason absolve it.

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