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AKRON BOY, 12, FACES HEARING FOR POINTING GUN

An Akron Central School sixth-grader accused of pointing a .22-caliber rifle at a district bus last Wednesday will face disciplinary proceedings this week, Superintendent Alan R. Derry said Tuesday.

The 12-year-old boy from the Tonawanda Indian Reservation has been charged with menacing and will be petitioned to Family Court in Genesee County.

"The youth -- who was not identified -- was target practicing along the Tonawanda Creek on the reservation with a 15-year-old who owned the gun," said Senior Investigator James R. Hofmann of the State Police in Batavia.

"He pointed the gun -- which was unloaded -- at the rear of a bus that was traveling eastbound on Bloomingdale Avenue carrying one passenger."

"Anything with a weapon we take seriously," said Derry. "The boy was handling the gun as if it were a toy. This is someone who is young and very immature. He thought he was playing and made a foolish mistake."

The parents, who cooperated with police in the investigation, have been very supportive of the district, Derry said.

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