Boy in German court over school fake grenade 'prank'

BERLIN (AP) " A German court has ordered a 15-year-old boy to do community work and write an essay titled "Why you shouldn't make jokes with toy weapons" after he threw a fake hand grenade in front of a teacher and shouted "Allahu akbar."

The teenager, a Moroccan citizen, had been charged with disturbing the peace by threatening crimes. Duesseldorf district court spokesman Marcel Due said a judge dropped the charges on Thursday on condition that he do 20 hours' community work and hand in the three-page, handwritten essay.

Due says the boy, whose name wasn't released in keeping with German privacy rules, said the incident in May was meant as a prank and denied having any Islamic extremist motivation. He told the court he found the fake grenade lying in the schoolyard.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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