DA: Vancouver boy took gun to school 3 times

DA: Vancouver boy took gun to school 3 times

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on October 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:47 AM

VANCOUVER -- An 11-year-old boy accused of bringing a gun, knives and 400 rounds of ammunition to a Vancouver middle school swore and cried after a judge decided he must remain in police custody rather than be returned home to his parents.

During a court hearing Tuesday, Prosecutors said the boy had actually brought the gun to the school twice before. The boy, who initially told investigators he had planned to shoot one person in the arm, said on Tuesday that his plan was actually to wait until after school and hit more victims.

The Frontier Middle School student had said he brought the weapons to school on Oct. 23 because he wanted to hurt someone who was bullying his friend, according to court documents. He told investigators a voice in his head said it was a good idea.

Background: Gun, 400 rounds found in Vanc. middle school

The boy appeared in juvenile court Tuesday morning as the judge for a second time looked over the results of a psychological evaluation to decide whether he could be released to his parents.

Prosecutors argued that the boy should not be released and they pointed to the school incident as evidence that he should be considered dangerous. Clark County Deputy District Attorney Rick Olsen said the boy was able to bring the gun to the school undetected on two previous occasions, Oct. 18 and Oct. 21.

A clinical psychologist said the boy presents a low risk to the community, and the boy's parents said they installed a security system in their home to make sure he stayed inside if he was released. But Judge Jennifer Snider decided the boy should remain in juvenile detention.

"The risk to the community outweighs the protective factors," she said. "He needs to be held to protect him from himself and the community."

As court was adjourned, the boy began swearing and crying, and refused to move for detention officers.

The prosecutor’s office confirms the boy will be formally charged with attempted murder, theft of a firearm and other weapons-related charges.

More: Some parents upset over how Vanc. school notified about gun

 

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KGW reporter Nina Mehlhaf contributed to this report.

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