Teenager Admits Carrying Shotgun To School In West Midlands Court Hearing

14 June 2017, 18:17

Court

A 15-year-old boy who took a loaded shotgun, 200 rounds of ammunition and a mask into a school has admitted possessing the weapon with intent to endanger life.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, dialled 999 after having "a change of heart'' and told a call-handler he had mental health problems and had been thinking of harming others.

Leamington Spa Youth Court was told the teenager also took ear plugs and a lock-knife with him to a school on Tuesday morning after removing the shotgun from a secure cabinet belonging to a relative.

Magistrates bailed the boy to an address outside Warwickshire before he is sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on July 14.

As well as indicating guilty pleas to having the double-barrelled shotgun and 200 cartridges with intent to endanger life, the boy also admitted possession of a knife on school premises.

Opening the facts of the case, prosecutor Omar Majid said the shotgun and ammunition was legally held by an adult known to the boy.

Mr Majid told the court: "When he went to the school he had concealed these items on him. Initially no one suspected that there were any issues at all.

"He then proceeded to go into another room and took out these items. Fortunately at that point he had a change of heart and decided to call the police.

"When he called 999 he told them what he was originally thinking of doing. He said 'I don't know why I've got it, I just felt so angry this morning and I had to get it out'.

"He was asked if he was thinking of using the gun on himself or others and he said 'somebody else'. When questioned further he said 'anyone' and he confirmed during the call that the gun was loaded.''

During the call, the youth also indicated that he had been feeling low and had suicidal thoughts.

Mr Majid added: "There were no issues when the police attended and the matter was resolved peacefully.

"Clearly it could have been an appalling situation the like of which everyone in this court is aware of in the (United) States.''

Adjourning the case for pre-sentence reports to be drawn up, chair of the bench Sue Robertson told the boy: "A sentence exceeding two years in custody is a real possibility and that is why we are committing you to the Crown Court for sentence.''