Boy, 11, faces charges after bringing gun to Washington state school

SEATTLE, (Reuters) – An 11-year-old student faced charges of attempted assault and other crimes yesterday after bringing a handgun, some 400 bullets and several kitchen knives to his middle school in southern Washington state, police said.

The boy brought a semi-automatic .22 caliber handgun and the other weapons from his house on Wednesday, with the intent of attacking another student at the Frontier Middle School in Vancouver, Washington, said Kim Kapp, a Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman.

“He told officers he had heard a voice in his head telling him to shoot another student,” said Kapp. “Fortunately, everything was found very early into this situation.” The school, about 20 miles (32 km) from Portland, Oregon, was put on lockdown for roughly two hours and there were no injuries, Kapp said.

Police arrested the boy on Wednesday and booked him for attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon at school, according to the arresting officer’s declaration of probable cause.

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