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The mother of an 11-year-old boy called school administrators to report her son may have taken kitchen knives to school, and that's what led police to find 400 rounds of ammunition and a gun in his possession, according to court documents released Thursday.
Vancouver police school resource officers detained the boy at Frontier Middle School on Wednesday at 9 a.m. after the mother's phone call. They said they found a .22 caliber handgun in his front pants pocket.
Detectives interviewed school administrators, and were told the boy said a voice in his head was telling him to kill a classmate for calling his friend gay, the court documents said.
In a later interview with police, the boy told detectives he planned to shoot his classmate in the arm, and then shoot himself in the head,
The boy's alleged shooting plot was stopped because his mother called the school to report him as a potential danger, detectives said. They also credited the swift action of school officials and school resource officers in detaining the child.
The boy made his first court appearance Thursday in Clark County. His parents attended the hearing, but did not speak with media.
A written statement from the family said they "noticed some items missing from our home. Immediately, we contacted the school to alert them of our concerns."
"We are at a loss for words and deeply saddened for the fear that these circumstances have caused," the statement said. "We are cooperating with law enforcement, school personnel and mental health officials to ensure our son gets the help he needs."
Though he was initially arrested on a charge of attempted murder, the boy is now being held on charges of first-degree attempted assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a dangerous weapon on school facilities.
Wednesday's scare caused Frontier Middle School and the nearby Pioneer Elementary School to go into lockdown.
No one was hurt, and the schools were secured, school officials said. The Evergreen School District sent letters home with students notifying them about the event.
"We got a message on the intercom that said we were in lock down. We were under the table for about an hour and then we could move around," said Zaniah Matthews, a sixth-grader at Frontier Middle School.
Classes at the two schools went on as planned Thursday.
"It's scary, especially hearing about the recent school shootings and stuff. So it's scary to know your kids are in the school and we don't know any information," said Rashida Willard, a concerned parent.
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