11-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Bringing Handgun, 400 Rounds of Ammo to School

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Oct. 24 2013 10:12 AM

11-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Bringing Handgun, 400 Rounds of Ammo to School

From the sounds of it, this week's—let alone this year's—painfully long list of school tragedies nearly grew by one on Wednesday. Here's NBC News with the details of a close call in Washington:

An 11-year-old Washington state boy was arrested after bringing 400 rounds of ammunition, several knives and a handgun to school on Wednesday, police said.
Frontier Middle School, in Vancouver, Wash., was locked down for about two hours after ammunition was found at around 9:20 a.m. local time (12:20 p.m. ET). The student was interviewed by detectives and later arrested on a count of attempted murder, police said. No injuries were reported. The boy was booked into Clark County Juvenile Detention Center later Wednesday.
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Roughly 900 students attend the middle school, and another 600 attend the elementary school that sits adjacent to it. It's unclear whether the weapons and ammunition were found on the boy's person, or if police simply found evidence linking them to the student. Regardless, the incident is the latest to have schools and parents on edge around the country this week. It occurred one day after a 14-year-old boy allegedly killed a teacher in a Massachusetts high school before dragging her body into the woods behind the school, and two days after a 12-year-old boy in Nevada gunned down a teacher on school grounds before killing himself.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.