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Joplin boy charged in non-fatal school shooting


Joplin, Mo. – A 13-year-old boy who fired a rifle inside a Joplin middle school Monday was charged today with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and making terrorist threats.

The charges were brought by the Jasper County juvenile office, the office said in a statement.

Juvenile authorities have started talking with the county prosecutor about possibly charging the boy as an adult, but no decision has been made.

The student fired one shot from an assault rifle into the ceiling of Joplin Memorial Middle School. Nobody was injured and he left after his gun jammed.

The boy was quickly detained by police. He is still being detained by juvenile authorities pending a hearing tomorrow in juvenile court.