VANCOUVER, Wash. — A middle school student who took a gun and ammunition to school with the intent to shoot another boy that he thought was bullying his friend, will remain in juvenile detention at least until Tuesday while a mental evaluation continues.
Quincy J. Tuttle, 11, brought the gun to school to shoot another 11-year-old student because the other student called his friend “gay,” according to court records.
Tuttle appeared Friday before Juvenile Court Commissioner Jennifer Snider who heard psychologist Shirley Shen testify the boy has some severe mental health issues. She believes he poses a low risk to the community but is concerned because he often wakes up in the middle of the night and walks the streets, reported The Columbian.
The boy was arrested Wednesday at Frontier Middle School in Vancouver, Wash., with a .22-caliber handgun, more than 400 rounds of ammunition and multiple knives.
He said voices told him to shoot another student to prevent him from bullying a friend, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.
“He stated a voice told him killing (the student) was a good idea,” the affidavit says.
However, he told police he only planned to shoot the student in the arm and then shoot himself in the head, the court document says.