A girl, 8, was shot and critically wounded yesterday in a third-grade classroom in Bremerton, Wa., says the Seattle Times. Bremerton police believe the shooting was accidental. Another student had brought the loaded handgun to school. The gun accidentally discharged while it was in the boy’s backpack, and the bullet struck the girl, police said.
The student who took the handgun to school, reportedly a 9-year-old third grader, has been booked into the a juvenile detention center. The student had recently transferred to the school, Bill Poss, husband of teacher Natalie Poss, told KIRO-TV. “I don’t know a lot about the kid other than my wife’s been coming home talking about him, and he’s been a real problem in the class, and she’s been very concerned about it,” said Bill Poss. Yesterday, a report from the federal departments of education and justice said that violent crime in schools was declining. The number of violent deaths dropped to 33 in the 2009-10 school year, the lowest number since the agencies began collecting data in 1992.