11-year-old student arrested after bringing a gun and knives to school

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An 11-year-old student brought a gun to school and was arrested on Wednesday. Quincy J. Little of Frontier Middle School in Vancouver, Washington told police he was planning to shoot a fellow student in the arm who had bullied his friend and called him “gay.”

Little stashed a semi-automatic .22–caliber handgun in the pocket of his pants, with some 400 bullets inside his backpack along with kitchen knives.

According to school officials, Little’s mother called the school to inform them of the knives that he’d taken from home, but did not mention the gun and ammo. The boy was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

“He told officers he had heard a voice in his head telling him to shoot another student,” said Kim Kapp, a spokesperson for the Vancouver Police Department. “Fortunately, everything was found very early into this situation.” Court documents confirm that he told police the voices told him to shoot another student for calling one of his friends “gay.” Little also told police that he’d then planned to turn the gun upon himself with a bullet to the head.

Police arrested the boy on Wednesday and booked him for attempted assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, and possession of a weapon at school, according to the arresting officer’s declaration of probable cause. Court documents indicate that the police didn’t produce sufficient evidence to charge Little with attempted murder. 

Although the school remained on lockdown for two hours, no one was harmed.

A link to the “Safe School Committee” (the anti-bullying group at the school) can be found here.

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