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    Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    PORT ORCHARD — The pale 9-year-old walked into the Kitsap County Juvenile Court on Thursday, looking dazed in his orange jumpsuit. There was a television camera in one corner; reporters filled nearly half the seats.Police say that on Wednesday, he took a loaded gun to a Bremerton elementary school, and that it went off in his backpack just before the final bell rang. The routine of third grade — school, homework, play — had changed in a split second.Now a classmate, 8-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman, lies in intensive care, with a .45-caliber bullet wound to her arm and abdomen. She'll likely be there several more weeks and have several more surgeries, her doctor said.The boy's father, Jason Cochran, 40, sat next to him at the defense table and rubbed his back. The boy burst into tears. His mother, Jamie Chaffin, 34, was not there. Authorities say the boy got the gun from her home, and there's a chance she will face criminal charges.
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    I'm the first one here to suggest that there be tighter controls on firearms. This whole thing is sickening. And obviously the Mother will get sued at the very least in a civil suit. But I am at a total loss to understand how prosecuting this 9 year old boy, AND keeping him from his custodial parent is a good idea in the wake of this tragic accident.

    Putting a 9 year old boy in jail accomplishes what here?
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    Re: Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    I agree, locking up a 9 year old is pointless. Lots of mandated counseling, etc. is needed. And yes, the family of the girl will likely sue, as she's still fighting for her life at this time, and they will have huge medical bills.
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    Re: Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    Let the boy go home with his father and put the mother in jail.
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    Re: Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosie1 View Post
    I agree, locking up a 9 year old is pointless. Lots of mandated counseling, etc. is needed. And yes, the family of the girl will likely sue, as she's still fighting for her life at this time, and they will have huge medical bills.
    You'll notice that's not a normal orange shirt he's wearing. It's inmate clothing. Unreal.

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    Re: Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    the boy was simply exercising his Constitutionally protected right to keep & bear arms.



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    Re: Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    'Jail' (Juvenile Detention) may be the best thing for this kid considering his family circumstances. AT least in detention he would get mandated access to counseling and therapy.

    From the story...

    If the boy is found guilty of the charges, he could be ordered to spend up to 30 days in juvenile detention and 12 months on the juvenile version of probation and to perform 150 hours of community service.
    A capacity hearing will be held in two weeks to determine if the charges will ultimately proceed. Under state law, children between 8 and 12 years old can face charges if a court determines the child has the capacity to understand an act is wrong."

    His family history...


    "When he was 2 , police found methamphetamine and syringes in his mother's belongings, court documents say. Later that same month, Chaffin was charged with forgery after trying to cash stolen checks. She was later convicted. When he was 3 , Chaffin was charged with selling marijuana out of a Kitsap motel. By this point, she had four children, according to court records. Meanwhile, Jason Cochran was convicted of domestic violence for assaulting Chaffin. He later violated the protection order. He repeatedly failed to pay child support and was held in contempt. Three or four years ago, they both relinquished their parental rights"

    Tragic situation...

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    Re: Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    I was wondering how long it would take for someone to come along and take a tragic situation and make a political comment about it. I figured for that kind of a dickhead move it would take 40...maybe 50 posts. Shoulda known better...

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    Re: Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    I was wondering how long it would take for someone to come along and take a tragic situation and make a political comment about it....
    its called humor.

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    Re: Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunder View Post
    the boy was simply exercising his Constitutionally protected right to keep & bear arms.


    Even if this were a legal gun owner, no one here argues that the RTKB allows for immunity from stupid or irresponsible conduct. Your attempt at humor falls woefully short.
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    Re: Father says son who took gun to school 'made a bad mistake'

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    Even if this were a legal gun owner, no one here argues that the RTKB allows for immunity from stupid or irresponsible conduct. Your attempt at humor falls woefully short.
    which is why I'm not a full-time comedian.

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