(KEARNS, Utah) — Prosecutors in Kearns, Utah, are preparing criminal charges against an 11-year-old boy who brought a .22 caliber handgun to school with him on Monday, which he claimed was in response to last week’s shootings at Newtown, Conn.
However, while the boy apparently told Granite School District administrators that he brought the firearm and ammunition to West Kearns Elementary School to protect himself, others are alleging that the youngster had more nefarious intentions.
Mandee Doyle, whose daughter goes to the school, says the principal called to tell her that her child was threatened by the gun-wielding boy, who reportedly held the weapon to the girl’s head.
Doyle then angrily told reporters, “I’m taking my kids out of school. They ain’t coming back here.”
Meanwhile, Isabelle Rios, a classmate of Doyle’s daughter, alleged the boy “pulled out a gun and he put it to my head — me and my friend — (and) said he was going to kill us. I told him I was going to tell, but he said, ‘If you tell, I’m going to kill you.'”
Rios later told a teacher who quickly disarmed the boy. He’ll learn the extent of the charges against him later in the week.
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