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FARMINGTON — Criminal charges were filed Thursday against a 15-year-old boy who police say took two guns to school and fired one of them in a classroom before he was stopped by his parents.
The Bountiful boy, appearing by video with his father at his side, heard the charges against him read in court before 2nd District Juvenile Judge Mark Andrus. He is charged as a juvenile with two counts of theft, a second-degree felony, discharging a firearm, a third-degree felony, and two counts of possession of a firearm on school premises, a class A misdemeanor.
Prosecutor Ryan Perkins said a motion is pending to certify the teen as an adult, which could move the case out of the juvenile court system.
The boy’s attorney, Lindsay Jarvis, informed the judge that she is seeking a psychological evaluation for the teenager.
Detention will be addressed Dec. 22 at a hearing that is being called the boy’s initial court appearance. Until then, he will remain in custody.
In the brief moments he spoke, asking a question about his attorney, the shaggy-haired boy seemed stoic. Little else was discussed during the abrupt hearing.
The boy was arrested Dec. 1 after police say he took two guns — a 12-gauge shotgun and a 9 mm handgun, as well as ammunition for both weapons — from his parents’ home and brought them with him to Mueller Park Junior High School in Bountiful, 955 E. 1800 South.
Investigators say the guns the boy took are normally locked in his parents’ safe.
The boy walked unannounced into a science class, and without saying a word, fired a blast from the shotgun into the ceiling in front of 26 students and a teacher, witnesses reported.
It was during the next pivotal seconds that police said a teacher and a student in the class, who was a friend of the boy, spoke to him, urging him not to do anything else. The boy hesitated, and his parents, who had heard the shot, came running in to disarm and restrain him.
In the moment he paused, police said the boy pointed one of the guns at himself.
The parents told police they had noticed concerning changes in their son’s behavior, including variations in his routine that morning, that caused them to check and realize the firearms were missing. They then went searching the crowded hallways at the school for the boy, finding him in the classroom.
Police released nearly 12 minutes of body camera footage Thursday of the first officer to respond to the school, rushing to the scene from another call just minutes away. The video shows “the officer’s professionalism in dealing with a critical incident in the school and ensuring the safety of the students, faculty and staff,” Bountiful Police Lt. Dave Edwards said.
In the video, the officer, who is seated in his car, receives a call of a student with a gun at Mueller Park Junior High, immediately jumping from