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Nine-Year-Old Boy Shoots Girl In Classroom

Post by Guest on Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:16 pm


The eight-year-old girl is in a critical condition after the shooting

A nine-year-old boy has shot and critically wounded a girl in their classroom in Washington state.

Police took the schoolboy into custody after the shooting at the Armin Jahr Elementary School in Bremerton, 15 miles west of Seattle. The girl, aged eight, was taken by air ambulance to Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle with a gunshot wound and remains in a critical condition.

Bremerton School District spokeswoman Patty Glaser said police were still investigating the incident, which took place shortly before the end of classes on Wednesday. "We do know the gun and the student were found," she said.

The school was locked down before students were allowed to leave. Police have been treating the incident as an accident.

District authorities said grief counsellors would be on hand for students, staff and parents. Encouraging people to come forward with information, the school told parents: "We want to assure you that incidence (sic) such as this are rare in our community and we want your child to always feel safe."

http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16175435

An accident?! A nine year old in school with a gun? What is the world coming to No

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Post by Guest on Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:23 pm

SHOCKING affraid

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Post by Guest on Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:02 pm

Nothing shocks me about America anymore, the National Rifle Association has far to much influence to stop anything like this.

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Orange jumpsuit for nine-year-old who's accused of shooting girl

Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:15 am

Court to rule whether boy who brought gun to school had mental capacity to understand crime.


A day after a nine-year old boy appeared in the dock crying and dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit usually worn by adults, a judge in Washington state was last night deciding whether he will be arraigned on criminal charges over the accidental shooting of a fellow pupil in an school classroom.

Police officials in Bremerton, west of Seattle across Puget Sound, said the boy put his backpack on his desk as a class was ending on Wednesday and a gun inside accidentally discharged. The bullet pierced the abdomen of Amina Kocer-Bowman, eight, who was in a critical condition yesterday.

Looking dazed and in tears, the boy sat in the courtroom at an initial hearing on Thursday as his father, Jason Cochran, rubbed his back. Bail was set by the judge at $50,000 (£31,500). If bail is met, the boy will be released from a juvenile detention centre into the care of his legal guardian, an uncle.

Prosecutors said they intended to charge the boy with unlawful possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school and third-degree assault. In Washington, a minor aged between eight and 12 can face criminal charges, but only if a court determines that they have the mental capacity to understand what they have done.

Judge Anna Laurie, who will rule in this case, attempted to gauge the boy's mental ability at the hearing. "Do you read at grade level?" she asked him. After looking for help to his father and his uncle, he replied: "I have a little trouble reading."

Natalie Poss, his teacher, said she heard a loud bang and then saw the girl slumping at her desk. It was, she said, "every teacher's worst nightmare". Insisting the boy had "a lot of good in his heart", she said she was surprised he would bring a gun to school. "I know he didn't intend this to happen. And I know he's hurting tonight," she said.

The boy's family background was apparently fraught. Both his parents, police said, had extensive criminal records. He had been in the care of a grandmother until her death a year ago, and had since been under the guardianship of his uncle. Investigators said the boy took the gun from his mother's home during a parental visit. He had earlier boasted to a classmate that he would bring "his Dad's gun" to school and intended then to run away.

"I just want him back home," Patrick Cochran, the uncle, said after the hearing. "He's a good kid. It's all I can say. I apologise to the family of that girl. I really do." Jason Cochran similarly defended his son, saying: "I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake."

Washington ranks near the bottom of states on regulating access to guns. Nor is it among the 27 states that have laws pertaining to guns and minors, including some that would foresee criminal penalties for adults who allow firearms to get into the hands of children. Most legal experts say it is very rare for someone so young to be charged with a crime. Gail Hammer, a professor of law at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, said that even if the boy were to be convicted, he would not go to an adult prison. "Generally with young children they try to deal with it in the juvenile system," she said.

In 2000, six-year-old Kayla Rolland was fatally injured by a six-year-old classmate in Michigan who brought a gun from home – but the boy was not criminally charged. In that case, prosecutors said the boy was too young to be held responsible.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/orange-jumpsuit-for-nineyearold-whos-accused-of-shooting-girl-7440652.html

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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:13 pm

Oh my God! This is appalling. Before the usual accusations start I am very mindful of the poor little girl that was shot and I hope she makes a full and speedy recovery. My heart goes out to her and her family.

Having said that someone has got to spare a thought for this little boy, he didnt aim and fire the gun it discharged accidentally. We have to think about why he had it in the first place.

Parents have long criminal records, he was with his grandmother until she died, he took the gun from his mothers ( what was she doing with a bloody fire arm?) he wanted to run away.
He has learning difficulties and appears dazed and they take him into court in an adults prison jumpsuit??!!
If ever there was a victim of circumstances its this boy, Honest to God all this chaos in his back ground together with limited understanding and a state with poor gun regulation. Poor little kids, both of them.

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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:19 pm

America's legal system makes me so bloody angry! That poor little girl and her parents, I do hope she pulls through. But this kid, why the hell do they treat children like it? If they didn't have the NRA screaming everytime it is said that there should be more gun laws, and the view that everyone should have a gun, and the ease there is for buying one, this poor kid would not be in this situation. He has not stood a chance has he? America and its gun laws are just pathetic!

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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:22 pm

sassy1261 wrote:America's legal system makes me so bloody angry! That poor little girl and her parents, I do hope she pulls through. But this kid, why the hell do they treat children like it? If they didn't have the NRA screaming everytime it is said that there should be more gun laws, and the view that everyone should have a gun, and the ease there is for buying one, this poor kid would not be in this situation. He has not stood a chance has he? America and its gun laws are just pathetic!

Agree, America's system is SO SO punitive and still doesnt deter crime it just punishes the poor weak and vulnerable.
This poor little bugger definitely didn't stand a chance Sad

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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:33 pm

This poor little bugger definitely didn't stand a chance

Totally agree Nems, seeing such a vulnerable little boy in that orange prison jumpsuit is heartbreaking. It can't be right surely Sad


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Post by Guest on Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:37 pm

Feelthelove wrote:This poor little bugger definitely didn't stand a chance

Totally agree Nems, seeing such a vulnerable little boy in that orange prison jumpsuit is heartbreaking. It can't be right surely Sad


It knocks you sick doesnt it?

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