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October 18, 2011 at 9:29 PM

2 boys, 10, held in Kitsap for loaded gun at school

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Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested two 10-year-old boys after discovering a loaded handgun in one of the student’s backpacks at Silverdale Elementary School in Central Kitsap County.

One of the boys “wanted to assault certain members of his own family,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Tuesday night.

The boys were arrested at about 3 p.m. and taken to a juvenile-detention facility where they were charged with various weapons offenses.

The boy who wanted to shoot members of his family asked his friend to bring a handgun to school, according to a police narrative. The friend found the keys to his family’s gun safe, removed a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and put it in his backpack.

The boys tried firing the weapon at a clearing near the school but were unsuccessful, police said. They showed the gun to other students on the bus.

Word quickly spread there was a gun on school grounds, and a teacher found the weapon and brought the backpack to the school office, police said. A sheriff’s deputy found that the gun was loaded with 10 rounds in the ammunition magazine, although the chamber was empty.

The student who brought the gun to school was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon on school property and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon. The other student was charged with conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon.

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