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Boy given probation in weapons case

August 20, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

An 11-year-old boy who was found to have a knife and an "enemies list" at Clear Spring Elementary School last May was placed on indefinite probation Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court.

The youngster admitted the concealed weapons charge in a July 22 hearing although there was some debate over whether the weapon actually was hidden.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said numerous students saw the boy with the steak knife that day at school.

He had a list of enemies written on the inside of his arm, she said.

The boy and his mother moved to West Virginia in June and are in need of services there, Cirincion said.

Judge John H. McDowell said he was concerned that the family seemed to be resisting the idea that the boy has problems.

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Department of Juvenile Justice caseworker Joan Cave told McDowell that she would like to see a child advocate assigned to the child.

The report on the boy's behavior in school included incidents of explosive behavior that have tended to set him apart from other children who aren't sure what he will do next.

"His mother has been very supportive," said defense attorney Lewis Metzner. "She took him to Brook Lane before he had to go."

Metzner added that the boy needs to be watched closely.

The boy was returned to his mother with strict guidelines of behavior, school attendance and demeanor and is to remain in family therapy.

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