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Wash. boy, 11, accused of bringing a large quantity of guns, ammo and knives to school has explosive outburst in court

Antonia 07/08/2021

An 11-year-old boy accused of bringing a gun, knives and 400 rounds of ammunition to his school last week yelled obscenities and fought off officers after a Washington judge ordered him to remain in custody Tuesday.

The sixth-grader at Vancouver's Frontier Middle School fiercely marched before a judge, hands swinging, before tearing away in an explosive, explicative-laced tantrum.

After the boy's parents left the room the boy began to cry and refused to leave with deputies before storming off in an explosive, explicative-laced tantrum

"Don't f---king touch me. Get the f--- off me!" he screamed as a detention officer tried to guide him out of the room.

Clark County prosecutors plan to charge the boy, who is not being named because of his age, with attempted murder, theft of a firearm and other weapons charges.

Tuesday's decision for him to stay locked in a juvenile detention center overruled a court-appointed psychologist's claim that he presented a low risk of threat to the community,KOIN reports.

That decision followed disturbing claims by prosecutors who painted the boy's deadly plans as far worse than previously believed.

According to a declaration of probable cause, the boy told police just after his Oct. 23 last year arrest that "a voice in his head" told him to kill a fellow student. He said it was in retaliation for the student allegedly calling one of his friends "gay."

But prosecutors now say the boy planned to shoot several people after school let out — not just one as previously thought.

They now say it was not the first time he brought the gun to school - he had carried it with him multiple times and had a history of sneaking out of his house at night.

The results of a mental health evaluation on Oct. 24 last year were presented to the judge by the team surrounding the boy, revealing that he suffers increased anger problems and suicidal thoughts. 

The child's defense attorney, John Lutgens, declined to say how the boy got his hands on the weapons and ammunition.

The day of his arrest the boy also met with a school counselor, allegedly telling them: "I'm not going to f---ing tell you anything. You don't know what I'm capable of."

A mental health evaluation on Oct. 24 last year further determined he has mental health issues, suffering increased anger problems and suicidal thoughts.

After the boy's parents left the courtroom the boy leaned on a table, appearing to cry with his hands covering his face.

After first refusing to leave the room he shoved himself off prying officers and stormed out of the room.

A hearing on his competency is scheduled for Nov. 12.

"I feel that at this point, he needs to be held to protect him from himself and also (to protect) the community," said Clark County Juvenile Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider.

Police had said that the boy intended to kill a single student at his school on Oct. 23 but prosecutors now say that he planned to harm more than just one. 
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