Two kids detained for playing with toy guns

Chubbuck, ID


By Gina Jameson


CHUBBUCK, Idaho (AP) _ Police officers in eastern Idaho held
four children at gunpoint before realizing the two
authentic-looking assault rifles the children carried were toys.

Two Chubbuck police officers responded to an apartment building
at about 10 p.m. Wednesday after a woman in the neighborhood called
authorities to report what she took to be real guns.

That resulted in what Chubbuck Police Lieutenant Bill Guiberson
described as a ``lose-lose'' situation for the children and police.

Police cited the mother of one of the children, Loreen Tendoy,
with obstructing and delaying justice.

Tendoy says she reacted emotionally after finding out police
pointed guns at the children.

Guiberson says Chubbuck has a city ordinance that forbids people
from brandishing a replica gun ``in a threatening manner'' within
city limits.

Chubbuck Chief of Police Randy Severe says there have been three
similar instances in the last three weeks where children with
replica guns were temporarily detained.
(Idaho State Journal)

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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