Now Which Arizona Teen's Post-Shooting Act Is the Worst: Joker, Facebook Threat, or Toy Gun?
Less than one week after a gunman murdered 27 people, including 20 children, in Connecticut, three Arizona teenagers have made some incredibly poor decisions relating to schools.
One, in Gilbert, was walking on a high school campus with a "toy rifle," while the another, in Kingman, posted to Facebook that he was "down" to kill a bunch of children at school. A third, in Glendale, decided to cut his face to imitate "the Joker" character, and show up to school.
-Glendale High School Student Showed Up to Class Imitating the "Joker"
-Kingman Teenager Posts on Facebook About Killing Little Kids at School
-Gilbert High Schooler's "Toy Rifle" Causes Lock-Down Hours After Massacre
There doesn't seem to be anything malicious about the Gilbert kid's actions on Friday, the same day as the shooting. Police say he was carrying the toy gun for a "school project," but one parent saw him walking with this toy, and thought it was a rifle. School administrators saw pictures taken of the kid with the toy, and phoned up the cops.
"No threats and no crime occurred," a Gilbert police spokesman said, adding that the incident's in the hands of school administrators.
Also on Friday, a Kingman teenager reportedly posted on Facebook that he was "down to go to school and kill a bunch of little kids."
A Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says the teenager told deputies he was "being stupid and he doesn't want to harm anyone." That case was forwarded to the county attorney for review.
Then, on Tuesday, a student at Glendale's Mountain Ridge High School tried to impersonate the Joker by scratched his own face, from the corners of his mouth, and across his cheeks -- just like Heath Ledger's character, but without the makeup. A district spokeswoman told New Times that the kid was intentionally trying to impersonate the Joker.
The school's principal told parents that police have found "no credible threat" involving the student.
Before the Joker was involved, New Times readers thought the Facebook threat was worse by a wide margin. Now that the Joker showed up to school, which one of the three is the worst?
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