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Va. 15-year-old to be tried as adult in school shooting case

A judge has ruled that a 15-year-old student accused of firing a gun inside a Portsmouth high school will be tried as an adult.

Keith Elliott is charged with underage possession of a firearm, brandishing a firearm and discharging a firearm, one count of breaking and entering while armed with a deadly weapon and two counts of discharging a firearm in a school.

A police detective testified in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court on Monday that Elliott told him he didn't intend to hurt anyone.

The judge watched a video of students running out of the Wilson High School cafeteria after shots were fired on April 28.

The case is being sent to Portsmouth Circuit Court.

-- The Virginian-Pilot

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 17, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Juvenile Justice , Schools , Virginia  
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So, we have someone who can't drive, can't have a beer, can't consent to sex but who is suddenly an adult?

LT is in trouble for having sex with a 15 year-old. But I bet if she had pulled out a gun and shot him, she'd suddenly be an adult.

Posted by: lalalu1 | May 17, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: oknow1 | May 17, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this is fair, but the black community needs to get together and make a deal with itself. Stop the god damn nonsense. Stop the killing, stealing, raping. Stop the blaming. Just be proactive and shut up. Minorities always have to prove themselves more. Why are blacks different? No I do not think racism is right, but these black ghettos are disgusting.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 17, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

It's good that the boy who fired a gun in a school has been arrested but it's horrible that he's going to be tried as an adult. Justice is not done correctly in Virginia and unfortunately won't probably improve until 2012 when the legislators who don't care about criminal justice in the General Assembly can get out and replaced by legislators who believe in justice and not revenge.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 17, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The judge is out of control... This is exactly why we have appeals...

Posted by: askgees | May 17, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

askgees are you saying, this little Booker should be let go and not punished severly? I am tired of these black "savages" terrorizing us all. All these type of criminals walking around with guns or killing or hurting others should be killed or die themselves. The world would be a better place without these "savages" in it.

Posted by: Ward4DC | May 17, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

How can an "adult" be charged with underage possession of a firearm?

A 15-year old boy is NOT an adult. His brain is still growing and his cognitive abilities are still forming. The testimony from the police detective is indicative that the boy did not have an adult's understanding of the consequences of his actions.

Posted by: jowgajen | May 18, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

"breaking and entering while armed with a deadline weapon". That's a Freudian slip if I ever saw one...

Posted by: dd7786a | May 18, 2010 2:10 AM | Report abuse

In response to the first comment, as well as the other bleeding hearts, there's no excuse for a 15 year old kid to not only bring the gun to school, but discharge the weapon (am I the only one who read the article?).

If shooting a gun in a school isn't enough reason to charge him as an adult, what is? None of us knows what his criminal record is... WE CANNOT HAVE KIDS AFRAID OF GOING TO SCHOOL!

Posted by: jglace | May 18, 2010 3:57 AM | Report abuse

A 15 yr old's brain may not be fully developed (though i disagree) he is definitely old enough to 1) know the rules of the school, 2) know that guns are dangerous, and 3) that by discharging the weapon, someone could have been injured. It does not matter if he was too young (i disagree here again) to know why the rules were in place or to think it was funny or cool.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | May 18, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

All being tried as an adult means is that he will get actual criminal charges put on his record. As opposed to it going on a juvenile record that gets wiped out when he turns 18. He will likely get the same actual punishment he would have as a juvenile, suspension, mandatory gun safety class, and probation.

Posted by: schnauzer21 | May 18, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

It seems the overtones of bigotry in some of these comments is uncalled-for. Last time I checked, the black community had no monopoly on violence, particularly school violence (see: Columbine, West Paducah, Virginia Tech, among others.) Where in this column is the skin color of the student even indicated?

Posted by: vathena | May 18, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

"...the black community needs to get together and make a deal with itself. Stop the. .nonsense..."

I'm glad that someone finally identified the so-called black community's real problem - its a lack of consensus. Before I read this comment, it wasn't clear to me how to address crime in the so-called black community. (Although I assumed that all those cops driving around had something to do with it).So, I hope "they" take your words to heart because I'm now sure that solving this problem is simply a matter of getting together and holding a few community meetings.

Posted by: Tom-Fairfax | May 18, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

"Va. 15-year-old to be tried as adult in school shooting case"..............."Keith Elliott is charged with underage possession of a firearm"

--The irony of it. How they like to have their cake and eat it too.

Posted by: Soguns1 | May 18, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

White southern culture, including VA, seems to delight in the abuse of children. And I've noticed that is very much the case with its judicial system. They'd declare a 4 year old an "adult" if they could try him and give him a life without parole sentence.

Posted by: GayChristian | May 18, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

nail his asz

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | May 18, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Recap, we have a 15 year old high school student that is alleged to have brought a gun onto the school ground and which he subsequently fired. Looks like a case of thinning the herd to me.

Posted by: snake_taylor | May 18, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

We need to make up our minds. Are those under 18 adults or children. We can't have it both ways. Sex: child. Crime: adult. Something isn't right.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 18, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

If he was white and the son of tea baggers who drive a pick-up and listen to country music he'd just be practicing his God-given second amendment right, and the NRA would be paying for his lawyer.

Posted by: CAC2 | May 18, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess I missed another article because I did not see where the above article mentioned his race.

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | May 18, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

We're are the parents . . . what will they be charged with

Posted by: weezee | May 18, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Were are the parents? . . . what will they be charged with?

Posted by: weezee | May 18, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

This should not be in adult court. I don't know, or care what color he is.

Posted by: Nymous | May 18, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Rather amazed to see this made it beyond our local news. As for everyone that is saying this is only happening because the kid is black, you don't know how wrong you are. The reason he is being tried as an adult is due to his criminal record. At the age of 15, he already has several assault convictions (I believe the news said 5), and was on probation at the time of the shooting. He was also suspended from school at the time of the shooting for beating his girlfriend in the face while IN school. So yeah, read up before you try to call racism.

Posted by: AlexC2 | May 20, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

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