The gun came from a dollar store. It was a cheap plastic fake with a bright orange tip that Nakicha Gilbert’s 10-year-old son bought during a visit to a cousin’s house.
“It was a toy,” Gilbert said. “A toy.”
Her son had it in his backpack when
he went to Alexandria’s Douglas MacArthur Elementary School on Feb. 4,
and he took it out on a bus ride home, placing it in his front pants
pocket. He showed one boy, who immediately recognized it was not real,
according to his mother.