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Boy, 5, Allegedly Packed Pistol

Nation IN BRIEF / TENNESSEE

May 10, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

A 5-year-old kindergarten pupil was arrested after bringing a loaded pistol to school because he wanted to kill his teacher for punishing him with "timeout," according to police records. The .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol, in the child's backpack, was confiscated by teacher Margie Foster after another pupil brought her a bullet. "He said he wanted to shoot and kill several pupils, as well as a teacher," the arrest ticket said. "He stated that he was going to shoot Ms. Foster for putting him in timeout." The boy was charged with carrying a weapon. It was unclear if he would be prosecuted. "A 5-year-old is not capable of forming criminal intent," Juvenile Court Judge Kenneth Turner said.

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