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Boy fires gun in Joplin school


Joplin, MO. – A 13-year-old boy wearing a long, black trenchcoat and toting an A-K-47 and several clips of ammunition walked into his Joplin school Monday morning and fired one shot into a ceiling.

Police said two administrators talked him out of continuing what police said was a well-thought out plan. No one was injured.

School officials say the boy pointed the weapon at two students and at the principal and an assistant superintendent, saying "not to make me do this." Then he fired the shot.

The administrators convinced the boy to go outside. There two police officers with their weapons drawn were waiting, and the student dropped the rifle and was arrested.

Police found a note in the student's backpack indicating that he had placed an explosive in the school.