Charge against boy in Bremerton school shooting dropped

Charge against boy in Bremerton school shooting dropped

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Armin Jahr Elementary School in Bremerton, Wash.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 9:02 AM

PORT ORCHARD, Wash.  -- A judge has dismissed a reckless endangerment charge against a 10-year-old boy who brought to his Bremerton elementary school a gun that discharged and critically wounded a classmate a year ago.

Friday marks exactly one year since the shooting at Armin Jahr Elementary which left Amina Bowman in critical condition. She survived after numerous surgeries.

The Kitsap Sun reports that prosecution was deferred if the boy met conditions that included writing an apology to the victim, attending counseling, keeping up with school and staying away from weapons.

The boy said he took the gun to school because he felt threatened by classmates. It was in his backpack when it discharged.

Watch Meg Coyle's interview with the Bowman family on KING 5 News at 5 p.m. Friday

The boy’s mother, Jamie Lee Chaffin, reached a plea deal with prosecutors. The state court of appeals is looking into whether prosecutors can charge the gun’s owner, Douglas Bauer, with assault. Bauer is Chaffin’s boyfriend.

Bowman’s family is suing the Bremerton School District. The suit claims the district should have known the boy was a risk to harm other students and that they should have known the boy told other students that he was going to bring a gun to school.

KING 5's Travis Pittman contributed to this report

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