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Judge: Boy accused of bringing gun, knives to school fit to face trial

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12-year-old suspect in court Wednesday 12-year-old suspect in court Wednesday
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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A boy accused of bringing a gun and 400 rounds of ammunition to his Vancouver middle school is fit to stand trial.

Attorneys for the 12-year-old boy, arrested in October at Frontier Middle School, argued he was not able to assist in his own defense.

A judge ruled Wednesday that the boy is competent to stand trial. Experts testified he doesn't have any mental illness, although he was diagnosed with a mood disorder.

A doctor described him in court as being intellectual, bright and a quick learner.

His parents were in the courtroom Wednesday, but did not speak about the case.

A trial date is now expected to be set for January. The child is facing charges including attempted assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The boy's mother called school administrators on Oct. 23 to report her son may have taken kitchen knives to school.

Once detained, Vancouver police school resource officers said they found a .22-caliber handgun and ammunition in the student's pockets. Six large kitchen knives, one steak knife and two two-way radios were also found in his backpack, police said.

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, according to court documents.

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.

In a previous court appearance, prosecutors said the boy confessed to stealing the gun from his parents on Oct. 17. He also said he brought it to school Oct. 18 and Oct. 21, but didn't load it, for fear it would accidentally go off in his pocket, according to court documents.

The defense attorney in this case said the gun had been disabled by his parents and was not operable.

During a previous court appearance, the boy had a loud outburst and screamed profanities after being ordered to remain in custody. The boy apologized for his behavior during a subsequent court appearance.

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