- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014

A fifth-grade Michigan boy who brought a loaded .25-caliber pistol to school had also created a list of classmates’ names that he may have intended to harm, police said.

The boy is currently on a 10-day suspension after he brought the gun secured to his waist Monday into Kingsley Middle School, south of Traverse City. Another student had alerted the teacher, who notified a deputy who was assigned to work as a school liaison officer, MLive.com reported. The boy surrendered the weapon, telling officers he didn’t intend to harm anyone.

He said he took the gun from his grandfather’s house Friday. It was loaded with a single bullet.

Two days later, a teacher found a list of classmates’ names on the back of a homework assignment while grading papers. According to the title of the list, which was not released, the boy indicated he wanted to harm the people named.

“It’s obviously not consistent with what was brought to school,” said Kingsley Area Schools Superintendent Keith Smith, The Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. “A gun with one bullet doesn’t line up with a list of names, but you’ve still got to take it seriously. That’s why we turned it over to police.”

The boy reportedly gave conflicting stories of why he brought the gun to school. His suspension could turn into expulsion if school board members decide he knowingly brought it to school.

Grand Traverse County Undersheriff Nate Alger said investigators are continuing their probe into the incident, the Record-Eagle reported.

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