A 12-year-old boy is accused of plotting to shoot students and others at his Dallas charter school after he was found clutching a detailed diagram outlining the planned attack, a police commander said.
The plan was uncovered when the boy showed the handwritten diagram to another student who then alerted administrators at Trinity Basin Preparatory, according to Assistant Police Chief Randall Blankenbaker. The boy was still clutching the diagram when he was taken to an office at the public charter school.
He was arrested and charged Thursday with a felony count of exhibition of a firearm and was being held at a juvenile detention center. The boy had no weapon with him at school and it’s not clear if he had access to firearms elsewhere. Authorities say he was charged simply because he threatened to use a firearm to harm others.