VANCOUVER -- The mother of an 11-year-old boy accused of attempted murder Wednesday night warned police that knives were missing from her kitchen, according to documents released Thursday.
When police went to the school, the child was already in detention. When patted down, police found an unloaded .22 semi-automatic handgun in one front pants pocket and two loaded .22 magazines in another pocket, according to the probable cause affidavit.
His mother called police when she realized that knives were missing from her kitchen.
"She did everything right, notifying the school when this issue with the knives came up and the possibility that she was concerned for her child," said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.
The boy was immediately taken into custody and read his Miranda rights. He was in Clark County juvenile court Thursday morning. A psychological evaluation was ordered.
School resource officers reported that the boy, with school officials present, said "a voice in his head" told him to kill another 11-year-old student for calling a friend gay.
The child was taken to a police station and again read his rights, which he said he understood.
He told officers that he brought the gun and magazines to shoot the student bullying his friend, intending to target that student's arm, then shoot himself in the head. A voice in his head told him it was a good idea, he said.
The child then told police he wanted to speak to his mother, which was granted. She came into the room, comforted her son and told him to tell the truth to investigators. He then reaffirmed the earlier statements about his intentions.
Police initially said the boy was accused of attempted murder. Additional accusations were filed in court documents. They include first-degree attempted assault; second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm at a school.
The knives and remaining ammunition were found in his backpack, police said.
The episode opened up a debate among Frontier parents. The school notified parents (see Facebook post at left) who had friended the Facebook pages of the district and the school. A letter was sent home with Frontier students.
Some felt the school and the district should have notified all of them quickly of what had transpired, that children had been in grave danger.
The district does not have an emergency phone or text system, said Evergreen School District spokesman Kris Fay.
He said the alert was also posted on the district's website, but the information was not readily apparent Thursday morning.
On Thursday afternoon, KGW again spoke with Fay who said the school would be looking into better ways to communicate with parents in the future.
"The feedback we’ve gotten over the last 24 hours, we’re taking all to heart, and we understand the frustration. We’ll definitely be looking at it to make sure we improve communications for any future incidents," he said.