Newton PD educates parents, kids after close call with ‘toy’ gun

(Photo courtesy Newton Police Department)

NEWTON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Newton Police Department released a video Thursday sending a message to parents and children to treat toy or air soft guns like the real thing.

According to the department, they encountered a close call involving a 13-year-old boy and his “toy” gun. Officers were sent to a disturbance call when someone reported the boy was holding what was believed to be a rifle.

Thankfully the boy’s mother called and notified them that her son was holding a “toy” gun and the situation was resolved without incident.

In the video, the department placed a real rifle and the “toy” rifle side-by-side and simply asked, “Which is the real gun? Are you willing to bet your life on it?”

The video went on to urge parents to have a conversation with their kids and noted that working together can help prevent tragedies.

Watch the entire video below.


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