BOSTON, Mass (WWLP) – Police are asking parents not to buy fake guns designed to look real for their children, because it could save their lives. In what could have been a grave situation turned into a teachable moment, after police responded to a call about a person with a gun at a park.
According to the Boston Globe, when police got there they saw a group of four boys and witnessed one boy pass what look like a real gun to another boy. The two boys then began to run, but police were able to stop them.
The BPD website reports that’s when one of the boys pulled the gun, paused, and then dropped the gun to the ground. When police picked up the gun, they realized it was a BB gun designed to resemble a real .40 caliber handgun.
Police had a stern talk with the boys, before releasing them. Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans said, “When we talk about the dangers created when a kid picks up a replica firearm, these are the incidents we’re talking about. Thankfully, my officers showed tremendous restraint and – because of that – we were able to turn what could have been a tragedy into a teaching moment.”
In recent months, there have been several incidents with officer involved shootings with people in possession fake guns that appeared to be real.