20 December 2017 • HOP, Matthijs van Schie
Student almost Shot after Prank with Fake Gun
A drunk student (21) was nearly shot by the police in Utrecht last week. He was carrying around a fake gun to play a prank on his housemates.
The police received a call on Friday morning about a man carrying a gun on the street. Two police officers told the student to lay down his weapon, but he did not do so immediately. Just when the officers were about to shoot, he put his hands in the air, writes Utrecht University publication DUB.
The student, who was drunk at the time of the incident, realises that the prank could have had disastrous consequences. He has apologised profusely for his actions, which has helped towards the judge’s decision to give him an alternative sentence: to write a paper on his actions and to present this paper to the officers in question himself.
Fictional Press Release
As a cautionary tale, the Public Prosecutor’s Office published a fictional press release about a student who had been killed by the police to emphasise the other possible – horrifying – outcome of this situation. “Fortunately for everyone involved, this awful scenario was averted,” states the press release.
This wasn’t the first, and it probably won’t be the last, student prank for which the police force has been called into action. Last month, police suspected a terrorist attack after the panic that broke out when a board member of a fraternity in Wageningen was ‘kidnapped’. In July of last year, police officers in Breda arrested two students of the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences who were seen dragging someone out of a car wearing balaclavas.