- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

OREM, Utah (AP) - A Utah teenager accused of stabbing five random classmates in a high school locker room is behaving well in juvenile detention, but he will stay behind bars because of the severity of the crime, attorneys and probation officers decided Tuesday.

The teen made a brief court appearance in Orem with his parents sitting behind him and several of the victims and their families in the gallery. The hearing was scheduled to discuss his mental competency, but that was rescheduled for March because of an undisclosed legal issue.

The 16-year-old is charged as a juvenile with five counts of attempted murder and one count each of possession of a dangerous weapon and failing to stop at a command of an officer.

The Associated Press is not identifying him because of his age.

The teen entered court in a jail jumpsuit with his hands cuffed, sporting a beard and shaggy hair. He didn’t say anything, but he acknowledged the judge when he greeted him.



The teen is doing well in detention, participating when asked and even becoming a leader of his group, probation officer Natasha Talcott said. But she recommended he stay behind bars.

The boy’s attorney and prosecutors agreed. Juvenile Court Judge Douglas Nielsen granted the request, mentioning there’s a public safety issue with the defendant.

The teen’s parents didn’t talk in court and declined comment while leaving.

Authorities say the teen brought a martial arts stick and knives with him on Nov. 15 to Mountain View High School in Orem with the intention of killing people.

The victims in the attack all survived, but several suffered serious injuries. The attack spread fear and panic among students with victims running from the locker room covered in blood and the school placed on lockdown.

After his arrest, the teen suspect told investigators he didn’t target any particular students but simply wanted to experience what it felt like to kill as many people as possible before he died. He said he left a suicide note at home and chose to wear red because he expected a lot of blood, authorities said.

The teen’s attorney wasn’t available for comment after the hearing.

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