Tumwater boy first in county to be monitored by GPS

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 6:20 PM

TUMWATER, Wash. -- In a measure usually reserved for pedophiles or violent offenders under supervision, a 14-year-old Tumwater boy will be monitored by a GPS device while out on bail.

Thurston County deputy prosecutor Wayne Graham said it is the first time he has asked for GPS monitoring for a juvenile, but said this case calls for several measures to ensure the public's safety.

The boy was arrested earlier in December after students said he made threats to kill kids at Black Hills High School.

In addition to ordering the GPS device, the juvenile court commissioner also is requiring the boy to stay more than a thousand feet from the school's campus, he cannot have contact with any of his former classmates and police must search the boy's home for weapons.

He was arrested after police said they found several weapons and ammunition in his bedroom.

The boy's mother told the court commissioner she did not have any problem with any of the restrictions.

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