The mother of a 12-year-old boy was arrested in Connecticut yesterday after her son brought his grandfather’s World War II training grenade to a show-and-tell about the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Stratford Academy Johnson House went into lockdown after Lisa Miguel’s son presented his grandfather’s World War II-era grenade simulator to his class.
Miguel told police that the grenade simulator was a gift from her father, a World War II veteran, and that he had told her it was a “dud.” She had kept it in her home for years, and said she didn’t believe her father would have given it to her if it was dangerous.
Police told CBS 2 that she should not have taken her father’s word for it. “She should have contacted the Police Department or a military service to identify what the item was and if, in fact, it was a dud,” said Stratford Police Captain Paul DosSantos.
“It is technically property of the military, and civilians should not possess such an item.”
CBS 2 reported that most military souvenirs clearly indicate that they are no longer able to cause any damage, but the practice grenade that Miguel’s son brought to the D-Day presentation could still have been live. If it exploded, it would have done so with the power equivalent to that of a cherry bomb or an M-80.
Authorities charged Miguel with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of an explosive.
Watch a report on the incident via CBS 2 New York below.
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 9 million unique readers per month and serves more than 30 million pageviews.