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    Question: If a school shooting happens, what happens to the kid who did it?

    Answer: If a kid shoots someone at school, or just shoots at someone, chances are, he or she will be tried in adult court. Arizona Law says (ARS §13-501(A)) if a kid is 15 or older and commits murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or discharging a firearm at a structure, they shall be filed against in adult court.

    If the kid is at least fourteen and does one of the above-listed offenses, the county attorney can decide whether or not to file the case in juvenile or adult court. Actually, the county attorney may file in adult court for any felony charge if it involves the '...discharge, use or threatening exhibition or a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument'. (ARS §13-501(B)(4)).

    Threatening and intimidating without the use of a weapon is usually a misdemeanor charge. (See ARS §13-1202). As a consequence, the judge can fine you, place you on probation or put the kid in the department of juvenile corrections. There are lots of options in-between.

    Every county court is different. Some counties have a policy that everything of this nature that happens at school will be charged. In light of the events at schools in the last two years, threats about this kind of stuff are treated very seriously!

    Also See important information about School Threats on LawForKids.org!


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