Monday, November 17, 2008

High school student dead from prop-gun

What is a kid doing with a prop-gun at a school play to begin with?
A 17-year-old Washington County high school student died Saturday after firing a blank-shooting prop pistol used for a play.

Authorities say the Desert Hills student died from head injuries. The pistol was found in the student's hands shortly before the play "Oklahoma!" was scheduled to begin.

St. George Police Captain Bruce Graham says there were no bullets in the gun, but the gas in it has the same energy that a bullet does.
A prop gun? "Prop guns" should be water guns painted black, or anything not able to cause fatal injuries. This is all on the adult who allowed that prop to even enter the stage area.


Hall Monitor said...

This story made Check it out for all the wild headlines from our schools.

Marcus Aurelius said...

Unfortunately, this a story one hears on all too regular of a basis. Dude or Dudette takes such a gun or a gun loaded with blanks and does just that and they find out the hard way the energy doesn't come from a piece of lead it comes from gunpowder creating a pressure surge. When that blast comes out of the barrel it contains every bit as much energy as if it were a piece of lead.