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Jury convicts boy who pointed gun at teacher, pulled trigger

July 17, 2019
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During her opening statement Assistant Scott County Attorney Julie Walton describes how a student walked into a classroom at the North Scott Junior High School in Eldridge in August 2018 with a loaded black Smith & Wesson .22-caliber gun, during the first day of testimony, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Davenport, Iowa. He allegedly pointed the gun at a teacher's face and pulled the trigger, but the safety was engaged and the gun didn't fire. The teacher took the gun from the boy. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
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During her opening statement Assistant Scott County Attorney Julie Walton describes how a student walked into a classroom at the North Scott Junior High School in Eldridge in August 2018 with a loaded black Smith & Wesson .22-caliber gun, during the first day of testimony, Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Davenport, Iowa. He allegedly pointed the gun at a teacher's face and pulled the trigger, but the safety was engaged and the gun didn't fire. The teacher took the gun from the boy. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 13-year-old eastern Iowa student has been found guilty on three charges after he pointed a gun at a teacher and pulled the trigger, but the jury declined to convict him of attempted murder.

The Quad-City Times reports jurors in Davenport convicted the boy Wednesday of carrying weapons on school grounds, assault while using or displaying a dangerous weapon, and assault with intent to commit serious injury. Jury deliberations began Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the boy pointed a loaded .22-caliber handgun at a teacher in a North Scott Junior High School classroom in Eldridge on Aug. 31. It didn’t fire when he pulled the trigger because the safety was engaged. The teacher and a guidance counselor grabbed the gun from him.

The boy, who was 12 at the time, was tried as a youthful offender in adult court and charged with attempted murder and weapons crimes.

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