BEVERLY HILLS (WWJ) – A 10-year-old boy says three teenagers pulled a gun on him during recess at a high-end summer camp in Beverly Hills.
As WWJ Newsradio 950′s Marie Osborne reports, the mother is so shaken by the incident she did not want her name revealed. She just wants to sound a warning to parents they need to check safety procedures at summer camps.
The mother said her son and another boy approached three teens during a recess at Camp Beverly Hills Club Monday afternoon offering a game of basketball, when one of the teenagers pulled a gun. Her son says the gunman told them not to move and fired the gun in the air. After asking for the shoes of one of the boys, the teens reportedly called them “suckers” and ran off.
“My son and the other boy went up to the counselor to tell him that there were three teenagers in the park with a gun and the counselor did nothing. He continued on with recess.”
The mother said police were not called in for a while and parents were not notified of the incident.
“I’m most upset about how it was handled. How it took so long to call police, the fact that they never called the parents of the two boys in the incident and I want other parents to know.”
The mother said when she confronted the camp owner, he offered her future camp privileges for free, promising to change camp policies. Meantime, the boys are cooperating with police, trying to identify the teenagers involved.
“He actually described the gun to the detective. It was a black gun. The detective asked him if it had a yellow tip, he said no, it’s a black gun with two, with red stripes on each side.”
Beverly Hills police would not comment on the ongoing investigation. An attorney for the club says the club has taken every precaution to protect the children.