The facts as I understand them are . . .
- The kid brought a pellet gun, which he had painted black to look real, to school and told another student that he had a gun
- Chaos ensued, students fled, the police showed up and chased the student around the school
- The kid ran into a bathroom, and there was a standoff
- The kid pointed the gun at police, and one officer fired one shot which hit the kid
The family is now saying that . . .
- They (the family) asked to speak to the kid to try to end the standoff peacefully and were denie
- They (the family) told police that they did not own guns and that the kid was carrying a pellet gun
My opinion on this case is . . .
First of all, while they should have been allowed to speak to the child, if the child refused to talk or would not allow police close enough to give him the phone, that's not the fault of the police.
Secondly, while it's useful information, I wouldn't take the parents' word about the gun being a pellet gun. If it looks like a real gun and the reports were that it's a real gun, then you have to assume that it's a real gun. Parents might have said that just so police wouldn't shoot him. If you know there's a stand off, regardless of who's wrong, who would you rather have die, a police officer or your son? I don't fault the police at all for not believing this information.
The only way the police could be faulted in this, IMO, is if they unnecessarily engaged the student. If the kid barricades himself alone in a bathroom, let him stay there. If they approached him, that's wrong. But if he came out and pointed the gun at them, they did what they had to do.