The boy spent 10 days in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center before being released to a family member in late October.
Romans asked the boy a battery of questions, including what a lawyer does, and what a trial is. She also quizzed him on whether he knew the meaning of felonious assault.
“No,” the boy said and shook his head.
But he did tell the judge he knew why he was in her courtroom.
“Because I brought a gun to school,” he said, adding that he found the gun in a drawer while “snooping.”
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The judge asked the boy if he was willing to go to counseling, and he answered, “yes.”
“Son, you can never be around guns. Do you know what can happen?” Romans asked the boy.
In a small but clear voice, the boy said, “someone could get killed.”