A 10-year-old who allegedly showed a toy gun to fellow students on an Alexandria school bus was charged with brandishing a weapon, Alexandria police said.
As children were riding home from Douglas MacArthur Elementary School on Monday afternoon, the boy flashed the gun “without indicating it was fake,” and students did not know whether it was real, police said.
At least one of the students alerted her parents, who informed the school.
On Tuesday morning, police approached the boy at school and officers found a gun in his backpack, according to police.
The handgun was a replica and could not be fired, police said. The boy was charged as a juvenile with a misdemeanor.
Virginia’s charge of brandishing a weapon can be brought against a person who shows or points a gun — or something that looks like one — whether or not it is capable of firing and does so in a way that reasonably induces fear.