Middletown boy, 9, in juvenile detention after bringing gun to school

Middletown boy, 9, in juvenile detention after bringing gun to school

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A third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police. STAFF FILE PHOTO

A 9-year-old Middletown boy who told police he what going to show a loaded gun he brought to school to a boy who had beat him up will remain in juvenile detention until next week.

The third-grader at Rosa Parks Elementary came to school Monday with a loaded 9 millimeter gun and four extra bullets in his pocket, according to Middletown police.

At about 10:40 a.m. a teacher noticed a bulge in the boy’s pocket while he was in a classroom full of children. As the teacher reached for the boy, he raised a pair of scissors as if to strike her, police said.

“When the teacher saw the bulge she recognized there was something there inappropriate so she reached for it and when she did, he raised up some scissors as if he was going to assault her with the scissors,” said Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeve.

The scissors were described as safety scissors with rounded points by police.

“Now his story is that he was trying to distract her, saying the scissors is what he had in his pocket,” Reeve said. “That he was not going to stab her.”

The teacher was able to control the boy until a school resource officer arrived. The boy was charged with three felonies, felonious assault, conveying a weapon into a school safety zone and carrying a concealed weapon.

There were no students injured in the incident, according to Middletown Schools Spokeswoman Elizabeth Beadle.

“The teacher confiscated the gun, gave it to the (school security officer) and the incident was reported to police,” she said.

Despite his young age, the boy was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, where a magistrate ruled he will remain until a hearing on Oct. 27.

“Usually with a child this age the first thought is to get him help, but he was out of control enough we just thought that was the best environment for him,” Reeve said.

The boy told police he did not intend to use the weapon, just show it to a boy who had assaulted him.

“He’s claiming he was just going to show it to a kid who beat him up at a football game a few weeks before, but he had not reported to anyone that that had happened,” Reeve said.

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