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400 Rounds of Ammo, Gun Found on Boy, 11, at Middle School

By Morgan Chilson   |   Thursday, 24 Oct 2013 05:56 PM

An 11-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after police found a 400 rounds of ammo, a gun, and knives in his possession at a Vancouver, Wash., middle school, The Columbian reported.

The child was arrested on one count of attempted murder after police interviewed him, a police report published on the Evergreen School District website said. The Frontier Middle School was locked down for about two hours during the incident.

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Parents expressed their dissatisfaction on the school district’s Facebook page and through other online media with the way the school district handled notifications about the incident. Middle school students took a letter home with them after school was released, while elementary students were on early release and did not receive a letter, The Columbian said. 

“I am very unhappy about how Evergreen Public Schools and Pioneer Elementary School handled the lockdown situation that happened on Wednesday,” wrote Katt Thelen Harrington on her Facebook page. “There has to be a better way for parents to find out that their child is stuck in a dangerous situation than to find out about from the local news, KATU. I find the excuse that there was no note sent home because of the early release, just that, an excuse, and a poor one at that.”

Another, mother, though, took a milder approach. “The school probably didn't need a thousand parents charging their doors in the midst of it,” wrote Carrie Troxel-Mauricio. “Now take a deep breath and discuss with the school district how to better inform parents of such incidents.”

Others took to Facebook to express their gratitude that the situation was handled with no danger to children or staff.

“I am unable to express the immense gratitude that I have for all the teachers and security at this school who were able to keep this from turning into a tragedy,” wrote Tom Jestyne McCauley.

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