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6th Grader Writes Will 'In Case' He's Killed at School

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By    |   Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018 11:17 AM

A sixth-grader wrote a will "in case" he is killed at school in Alabama, highlighting the fear some have about school shootings and threats, WIAT-TV reported.

Javon Davies said he and a friend wrote wills recently after hearing about a threat left at his middle school in Birmingham, the television station said. The will included his best friend Cameron and some of his favorite toys, WIAT-TV said.

"It was a Play Station 4 plus controllers plus the game that go to it, my cat, my TV, my X-box," Davies told the television station about the letter he wrote "just in case something happened to one of us because some kids get rowdy and might end up making somebody get shot or something."

The letter said: "Dear family. I love you all. You gave me the clothes on my back and you stuck with me all the time. Love Javon."

The "will" brought his mother, Mariama Davies, to tears, telling WIAT-TV that she was stunned that this would be something that would be a topic of discussion among middle schoolers.

"I could not believe it, you know? I mean my child is in the sixth grade," Mariama Davies told the television station. "This is something he should not be thinking about."

The will comes less than a month after a deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed and more than a dozen injured, USA Today reported. One of the school's former students has been charged in the crime.

Since the shooting there, USA Today found that more than 130 copycat threats were reported at schools around the country in the nine days after the Florida incident.

The nonprofit Educator's School Safety Network reported that there were 638 threats targeted at school in the two weeks after the Florida shooting, using news media reports around the country on such incidents in their research, USA Today wrote.

Experts told the newspapers that the threats are often left by young people who don't have the ability to understand the impact of their comments.

"There are usually two common traits in these individuals," former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole told USA Today. "They're young, and their judgment is poor. I mean, a brain isn't really fully formed until your early 20s. Then, it's also people who want to be disruptive and affect how the school is operating."

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