Woman points gun at clarinet playing kid

Woman points gun at clarinet playing kid


norman lebrecht

September 14, 2014

This may not be the full story.

A woman was arrested in Clifton, Colorado, last week after pointing a rifle at an 11 year-old boy who was practising clarinet in the yard.

The woman was drunk; that much is uncontested. The rifle, it is reported, may have been unloaded.

The boy was playing outside because there was a baby asleep in his grandma’s house and he had to do his homework.

But what got the neighbor so mad that she grabbed a gun and ran outside yelling ‘fire in the hole’? According to one news report, the boy was holding the instrument upside down.

Cheryl Ann Pifer, 60, was released on $5,000 surety.

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  • Martin says:

    It doesn’t matter if the gun is loaded or not, not even if it is a real rifle. If one scares a child with a weapon, one deserves a punishment.
    Depending on the situation this could however be resolved with an apology instead of with a tax payer financed judge.

  • Drunk people are so good at determining if a weapon is loaded or not.

    • Gerhard says:

      If you look at the picture in this article it strikes me as rather odd that a boy in a backyard somewhere in Colorado would play a German system clarinet. Maybe this was infuriating the neighbour?

  • Michael says:

    Rifle seems excessive. Biotoxins are the way to go.