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11-year-old carries guns into middle school

An 11-year old middle school student at Frontier Middle School in Vancouver, Wash., carried guns into his school and told officials he planned to shoot a classmate for bullying his friend.

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KPTV) — An 11-year-old boy accused of taking a gun and 400 rounds of ammunition to his middle school erupted with profanities in court Tuesday and cursed at the judge when she ruled that he is a danger to himself and the community and will remain in custody.

After Juvenile Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider announced her decision, the sixth-grader cursed at Snider, grabbed a table where defendants stand at the bench and refused to leave the courtroom. Security guards and the boy’s attorney eventually escorted the boy out of as he called the officers a variety of expletives.

“Don’t (expletive) touch me,” the boy screamed, according to The Columbian newspaper.


Boy being escorted out of Juvenile Court Tuesday. (Photo: KPTV/Portland)

The boy was taken into custody at Frontier Middle School last Wednesday, Oct. 23. His mother called the school to report her son may have taken kitchen knives to school. Once detained, school resource officers said they found a .22-caliber handgun and ammunition in the student’s pockets. Knives were found in his backpack, police said.

Detectives interviewed school administrators, and were told the boy said a voice in his head was telling him to kill a classmate for calling his friend “gay,” according to court documents.

In a later interview with police, the boy told detectives he planned to shoot his classmate in the arm, and then shoot himself in the head.

In court Tuesday, prosecutors said the boy confessed to stealing the gun Oct. 17. He also said he brought it to school Oct. 18 and Oct. 21.

The defense attorney, however, said the gun had been disabled by his parents and was not operable.

A doctor told a judge Tuesday that the boy has a long history of outbursts that have been increasing recently. The doctor stated the child is easily irritated and does not possess coping skills.

The doctor also said three mental health professionals warned the parents to secure their home before this incident.

The parents did not speak in court, but were visibly shaken and crying. The father briefly tried to comfort the boy when the judge ruled he would remain in custody, before giving up.

Originally facing the charge of attempted murder, the boy is now charged with attempted assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a dangerous weapon on school facilities.


VANCOUVER, Wash. — An 11-year-old boy who allegedly brought a handgun, several knives and more than 400 rounds of ammunition to Frontier Middle School in Vancouver appeared in court Thursday.

vancouverkid“It’s scary that a little boy who’s 11 was able to get a handgun and bring it to school,” said Charlene Lundberg, who lives next door to the boy and his family.

Her daughter said he seemed fine on the way to school yesterday.

“He was just acting normal, he got on the bus, sat in the front,” said Brettley Lundberg, an eighth-grader. “We didn’t know anything he had with him.”

Police said the boy’s mother called the school after noticing some of her kitchen knives were missing. The school was put on lockdown for about two hours while the campus was searched.

“I was scared, thinking what’s going on outside of this classroom,” said Tiffany West, another student at Frontier.

The boy told police there was a voice in his head, telling him to shoot a boy that was allegedly bullying his friend.  He was stopped before anyone was hurt.

Another boy says he can’t believe this happened.

“I thought we had a good friendship,” said Tim Muresan. “But now I don’t think I could trust him.”

The boy’s family released a statement late Thurday. It read, in part: “We are at a loss for words and deeply saddened for the fear that these circumstances have caused. We are cooperating with law enforcement, school personnel and mental health officials to ensure our son gets the help he needs.”


Frontier Middle School in Vancouver, Wash. (Photo credit: Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

VANCOUVER, Wash. — An 11-year-old Vancouver boy accused of bring a small arsenal to his middle school told police a voice in his head told him to shoot a classmate for allegedly bullying other students, court documents show.

According to police, the suspect’s mother called the school to report that she believed her son brought knives to school. The school’s principal called the boy into his office and held him there until cops arrived. Police patted down the boy and discovered a handgun in his front pocket and two loaded .22-caliber magazines.

The boy, who Q13 FOX News is not naming, allegedly told police he had a “voice in his head” telling him to shoot a classmate for bullying other students.  He allegedly planned to only shoot the boy in the arm, he told police.

The boy was arrested and held on investigation of attempted murder. Charges have not yet been filed.

Below is the full probable cause document from Vancouver police.


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11-year-old arrested after allegedly bringing gun, 400 rounds to school


Frontier Middle School in Vancouver, Wash. (Photo credit: Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Police arrested an 11-year-old student at Frontier Middle School Wednesday on an attempted murder charge after officers located a handgun, more than 400 rounds of ammunition, and multiples knives that they said he had brought to the school.

The Vancouver Police Department said in a news release that officers were called to the middle school at about 9:20 a.m. “for the report that ammunition had been located at the school. Officers arrived and located over 400 rounds of ammunition, multiple knives, a handgun and the student responsible for bringing those items to the school.  The school was placed into lockdown for approximately two hours while officers were at the campus. There were no injuries related to this incident.

“An 11-year-old male, who is student at the school, was interviewed by detectives and subsequently arrested for one count of attempted murder and booked this evening into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center,” the release said.

The investigation is continuing, it said, adding that no other details would be released Wednesday night.