(CBS Seattle) — The 11-year-old boy accused of taking a gun an ammunition to his Vancouver, Wash. middle school is now charged with first-degree attempted murder, reported KOMO News.
Court documents released Tuesday show the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office upgraded the charge from attempted assault and two other charges. The boy was arrested last week after police said he was found with a gun, knives and more than 400 rounds of ammunition at Frontier Middle School. The boy, who CBS Seattle is not naming because of his age, told school officials a “voice in his head” was telling him to kill another student who bullied his friend. No one was hurt.
During a court appearance Tuesday, the boy screamed and yelled curse words in court after being told he would remain in custody, according to The Columbian. The juvenile court commissioner reviewed a mental health evaluation done on the boy and said he would be held for the safety of the community. She said the boy’s anger managment issues were a concern and that the boy’s family ignored advice from mental health professionals.
The deputy prosecutor said the boy was treated for suicidal thoughts during the month of October, reported The Columbian. A court psychologist testified that the boy’s parents ignored requests by mental health professionals to secure any weapons in their home. The boy later took the gun and knives from his parents’ home. The boy’s mother called the school and said her son had taken some kitchen knives. That’s when school administrators discovered the weapons in the boy’s pockets.
According to the court documents, the boy wanted to cut and shoot his victim in front of a large number of people. His plan was delayed because he couldn’t figure out how to shoot the gun, KOMO reported.
After the hearing Tuesday, the boy was carried out of the courtroom by officers as he yelled curse words at them.
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