BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state prosecutor says his office will seek probation and treatment for a 9-year-old boy who took to school a gun that accidentally discharged and critically injured a classmate this past week.
Kitsap County prosecutor Russ Haugen told the Kitsap Sun (http://bit.ly/xxO2q5) Friday that "nobody is trying to lock this little boy up." He says prosecutors hope to hold the boy accountable not through incarceration, but rather probation, treatment and other services.
The third-grader is facing a capacity hearing in which a judge will determine if the boy knew what he did was wrong. If the judge decides the boy knew, the charges against him go forward.
The 8-year-old classmate who was shot remains in a Seattle hospital.