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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Teenage boy was 'moments away' from carrying out massacre after going to school with shotgun and 200 rounds of ammunition


Higham Lane School in Nuneaton where a 15-year-old boy brought a shotgun to class CREDIT: CATERS NEWS AGENCY 

A teenage boy was "moments away" from carrying out a high school massacre after going to class with a shotgun, knife, balaclava and 200 rounds of ammunition, a court has heard.





The "polite, model student" armed himself with the intent of carrying out "a shooting that would have taken a dreadful place in the history of truly wicked crimes" committed in Britain - but had a last minute "change of heart", Warwick Justice Centre was told.

The boy, who cannot be named, took the double-barrelled shotgun and 200 cartridges from his dad's cabinet as well as a knife, balaclava and ear defenders.

He then spent his first lesson with the firearm concealed in his trousers at Higham Lane School, in Nuneaton, Warwickshire before excusing himself from class and going to a side room.

As he was putting on ear protectors in preparation of his massacre he suddenly saw sense and phoned 999.

A moment in time separates the pupils and staff of this school from being the subject of a terrible eventJudge Andrew Lockhart QC

He told call-handlers he felt "white hot anger" and intended to harm "anyone" before adding: "I don't know why I have it, I just had to get it out."

The boy pleaded guilty to possessing the shotgun and the cartridges with intent to endanger life in June and was sentenced today to a six year detention order.

Upon hearing his fate, the boy's mum burst into tears, while he sat emotionless in the glass-panelled dock.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told the youngster: "You have lived a good life and it is plain to me that this event was outside the character that you have exhibited for your whole life.

"You had led a good and productive life up until this point, being a model son and pupil.

"You had been suffering social anxiety disorder and severe depression, and had often felt yourself to be angry or hopeless.

"Very sadly you had not shared that with your parents or anyone else, which doubt contributed to the condition worsening."

Had you begun to shoot I have no doubt that serious injury and death who have resulted and it is impossible for me to predict how many might have been hit.Judge Andrew Lockhart QC

He added: "Had you begun to shoot I have no doubt that serious injury and death who have resulted and it is impossible for me to predict how many might have been hit.

"Once an incident of shooting begins it is impossible to predict how it will end.

"The consequences of what might have occurred had you carried your plan into effect are too awful to contemplate.

"The event was, on your own admissions made at the time, just moments away.

"A moment in time separates the pupils and staff of this school from being the subject of a terrible event and a shooting that would have taken a dreadful place in the history of truly wicked crimes committed in this country."

Prosecutor Nigel Stelling said: "In a report given to the court, the deputy head of the school said he was regarded as a polite, model student.

"Up to the morning of June 13 neither his parents nor anyone at the school were aware of any significant difficulties."

Source: telegraph.co.uk

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