- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 22, 2004

The mother of a 12-year-old boy held in juvenile detention on charges of carrying loaded guns into a Prince William County middle school last week failed to appear for arraignment yesterday to face charges of possessing firearms on school property.

The presence of Naomi Lewis, 38, was not required under Prince William County District Court procedures, but she was ordered to appear at a July 13 preliminary hearing, said Claiborne T. Richardson II, assistant commonwealth’s attorney.

Mrs. Lewis, of Haymarket, Va., was represented by Manassas lawyer Steven Smith. She is free on $5,000 bail.

The boy, who is not identified because he is a juvenile, was a seventh-grader when he was arrested Friday on the last day of school at Bull Run Middle School in Gainesville.

More than 100 county emergency workers responded to the call from school officials. Police said the boy was dressed in camouflage and holding a rifle.

The boy was charged with possession of a firearm on school property, possession of a firearm by a minor, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, conspiracy to commit abduction for money and conspiracy to commit murder.

Over the weekend, police arrested another Haymarket boy, 13, who was charged with conspiracy to possess firearms on school property. Police said the boy was involved in planning the school invasion but backed out before the 12-year-old took action.

The 13-year-old was released to the custody of his parents. The 12-year-old is to return to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on July 6.

Police said Mrs. Lewis, a cafeteria worker, saw the guns in her car on Friday morning before entering the school. She locked the car, apparently unaware that the boy had a key.

Prince William Police Chief Charlie T. Deane said the 12-year-old might have been seeking revenge against students who had been teasing him about his size, his glasses and his clothing. He said the boy might have planned “a hostage situation with demands for money.”

Police subsequently went to the three-story town house where the boy lived and seized several computers, knives, 15 rifles and other guns.

Prince William County Schools Superintendent Ed Kelly has scheduled a meeting for tomorrow night at Bull Run Middle School to address the community’s concerns.

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