Armed 12 Year Old And Mom Arrested At School

The last day of the school year at a local middle school will not be forgotten anytime soon. From The Washington Post:

A 12-year-old boy plotting to frighten or even kill students who had teased him and then hold hostages to extort money was arrested yesterday morning at a Prince William County middle school after an administrator found him with a loaded rifle and two other guns, police said.

The seventh-grader was arrested in full camouflage gear on the last day of school after officials at Bull Run Middle School locked down the building and police stormed it under a plan developed after the shootings at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999.

Police also arrested the boy’s mother, Naomi Lewis, 38, a cafeteria worker at the school in the county’s Gainesville section, and charged her with possession of a weapon on school property, law enforcement sources said. The boy had gotten a ride to school with his mother and left the guns in her car. Lewis noticed the guns and locked the car but never reported that they were there, police said in a statement. The boy later went back with a car key and retrieved the guns, police said.

Lewis did not know her son had a key and did not know of the plot, sources said. The guns belonged to the family, and neighbors said police removed about 20 additional weapons from the home on Brave Court in Haymarket.

Police Chief Charlie T. Deane said detectives believe that the boy wanted to scare or hurt other students and that he also was planning to take hostages.

“Some information leads us to believe there could have been a hostage situation with demands for money,” Deane said. “It’s still early, and we just don’t know the extent of it yet.”The amazing thing is that the mom wasn’t even a little concerned that the car was filled with weapons…

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  1. Pam Pouchot July 6, 2004