A police officer found that out the hard way.
Police say a third-grader at a Minnesota school got his finger on the trigger of a liaison officer’s holstered gun, causing it to fire a bullet into the floor.
Maplewood police say no one was injured when the gun fired Monday as the officer was talking with students in the gym at Harmony Learning Center.
The school is for students with special needs. The officer, who is assigned to the school to build relationships with students, was sitting on a bench when a boy next to him pressed the trigger. Police say the officer didn’t know the boy was touching his gun until it fired.
There’s more at the link.
Verily, the mind doth boggle . . . He sat down with his loaded gun in a position where a child could easily get at it? Did he have no common sense at all? It’s only by the grace of God – or, if you don’t believe in God, by whatever benevolent stroke of fate you prefer – that no-one was hurt. If someone had been hurt or killed, you can be sure it would be classified as “accidental”; but in reality, it would have been negligence, not an accident at all.
I’m sure the child will be ‘counseled’ . . . but I think the cop should be very sternly counseled as well!