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Roy teen suspended after pointing toy gun at officer

ROY — A 13-year-old boy who apparently thought it would be funny to jump in front of a police officer at school with a toy gun has been suspended and now faces charges in juvenile court.

The student, an eighth-grader at Roy Junior High School, was attending a school dance Thursday night. Many students were getting pictures taken at the dance and thought it would be fun to use props in the pictures, said Roy Police Lt. Greg Whinham.

Some of the students found props in the drama room. One boy found a toy gun, Whinham said.

When the school resource officer — who is also an officer with the Roy Police Department — walked in, the boy surprised the officer by jumping in front of him and pointing the gun at him.

Instinctively, the officer knocked the gun out of the boy's hands, slammed him against the wall and put him in handcuffs before realizing the gun wasn't real, said Whinham.

The teen was lucky the officer didn't shoot him, he said.

The student has been referred to juvenile court for disorderly conduct, Whinham said. He has also been suspended from school.

Whinham said the student has never been in trouble before and made a serious error in judgment.

"It was a very inappropriate move," Whinham said. "Very inappropriate behavior."