Prosecutor: Vancouver student brought gun to school three times

Prosecutor: Vancouver student brought gun to school three times

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on October 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

VANCOUVER -- An 11-year-old boy accused of bringing a gun, knives and 400 rounds of ammunition to a Vancouver middle school will remain in police custody, a judge ruled Tuesday. Prosecutors said the boy had brought the gun to the school twice before.

The Frontier Middle School student 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.

He initially told investigators he had planned to shoot one person in the arm, but Tuesday said his plan was actually to wait until after school and hit more victims.

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. The boy's parents said they installed a security system in their home to make sure he stayed inside if he was released.

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 had an outburst. He began swearing and crying and refused to move for detention officers.

He faces charges of first-degree attempted assault, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm at a school.

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KGW reporter Nina Mehlhaf contributed to this report.

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