Boy, 12, pleads guilty to bringing gun to school
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- A 12-year-old boy accused of bringing a handgun and 400 rounds of ammunition to his Vancouver, Wash., middle school last fall in a plan to shoot another student has pleaded guilty to reduced charges. He's been sentenced to two years in a juvenile facility.
The Columbian reports ( http://is.gd/Z2GGF0 ) that the boy pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of attempted assault and one count each of firearm theft, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a dangerous weapon on school facilities. He had been charged with attempted murder.
Court records say the boy planned to shoot a student who may have bullied his friend by calling him "gay." The boy was 11 years old and in sixth grade when he was arrested Oct. 23 at Frontier Middle School. School officials found the gun, ammunition and his parents' kitchen knives in his pockets and backpack.
No one was hurt.
An evaluation by child psychiatric experts determined the child knew right from wrong at the time.
Information from: The Columbian, http://www.columbian.com