- Associated Press - Thursday, February 23, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a Utah teenager who pleaded guilty to firing a shotgun into the ceiling of a junior high classroom (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

A Utah teenager has been sentenced to an undetermined amount of time in a juvenile treatment facility after pleading guilty to firing a shotgun into the ceiling of a junior high classroom and scaring hundreds of students and their parents.

Utah juvenile court judge Janice Frost said Thursday in a hearing in Farmington that she hopes the teen gets help, but that he must also be accountable for depriving parents and children of their sense of security at school.

Police say the teenager walked into a science classroom in the Bountiful middle school and fired on Dec. 1 before his parents caught up him with him and disarmed him. No one was hurt.



The 15-year-old boy’s father said Thursday his son was in great pain over unspecified issues and didn’t know how to handle his emotions.

Lindsay Jarvis, the teen’s attorney, says her client had recently been prescribed the antidepressant drug Prozac and had an adverse reaction that sent him over the edge. She says he only wanted to hurt himself, hoping police would shoot him.

But Davis County deputy attorney Ryan Perkins says the teen had a propensity for violence.

The Associated Press is not naming the boy because of his age.

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10:49 a.m.

A Utah teenager who pleaded guilty to firing a shotgun into the ceiling of a junior high classroom before being disarmed by his parents is set to be sentenced Thursday.

The 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty earlier this month to two felony charges: theft of a firearm and shooting toward a building. He had been charged with five felony and misdemeanor counts.

Police say the teenager walked into a science classroom and fired into the ceiling on Dec. 1 before his parents caught up him with him and disarmed him. No one was hurt.

Authorities said the parents became concerned and followed him to school after discovering a shotgun and handgun missing from their home.

The Associated Press is not naming the boy because of his age.

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