SEATTLE – The boy who brought a gun to school has written an apology letter to the girl who was shot when the weapon went off in his backpack.
Amina Bowman, 9, was shot Feb. 22 at Armin Jahr Elementary in Bremerton. She went home Tuesday after spending six weeks at Harborview Medical Center.
The letter, obtained by The Seattle Times, was a requirement of his sentencing when he pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges stemming from the shooting, which police say was an accident.
Written in pencil on ruled notebook paper, the boy starts out simply saying “I’m sorry.”
I’m sorry I hurt your because I brought a gun to school. I did not mean for anyone to get hurt. I wish no one got hurt. I wish you were out of the hospital playing basketball and going back to school. I wish everyone was okay. I made a bad choice. I was sad, scared and afraid and I did not solve my problem well. I will stay away from guns. I should have told a grown-up. I will promise to learn better ways to solve my problems. Again, I am sorry Amina.
The Times reports the letter was written as the boy went through counseling, another requirement of his sentence.
The boy is also expected to testify against his mother, Jamie Lee Chaffin, and her boyfriend, Douglas Bauer, who are charged with third degree assault. Prosecutors say the boy, who lives with his uncle, got the .45-caliber handgun from their home during a visit.