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Boy Tries to Shoot Teacher. But the Gun Won't Let Him

12-year-old didn't realize the safety was on
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 8, 2018 4:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Court documents say a 12-year-old Iowa boy pointed a gun at his teacher's face and pulled the trigger, but the safety was on. The boy allegedly entered a North Scott Junior High classroom on Aug. 31 with a .22-caliber handgun and ordered everyone to the floor before he tried to shoot the teacher, the AP reports. The youth is charged with attempted murder, having a weapon on school grounds, and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon.

The female teacher was able to calm the boy and take away his weapon before police got there, reports the Des Moines Register. The school was placed on lockdown, which was lifted after counselors and administrators visited classrooms to see that students felt safe. Some parents picked up their children before the school day ended. Media reports aren't releasing the name of the boy, who remains in the Scott County Juvenile Detention Center.

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