7th Grader Pleads Guilty to Taking Students Hostage

IRWINTON, Ga. (AP) _ A seventh-grade student who held classmates
hostage with a knife has been sentenced to five years in youth detention after pleading guilty to all charges against him.

The assistant district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, Joseph McKinnon, said yesterday that the boy, now 15, will have to serve a minimum of two years in a youth detention center.

The teen's plea and sentencing took place Friday. He was charged with six counts of aggravated assault, five counts of false imprisonment, five counts of terroristic threats and acts, two counts of taking a weapon onto school property and one count of disrupting school.

Authorities say the boy, who had recently transferred to Wilkinson County Middle School, took two steak knives into the school September 6th. Authorities say just before the school day started, he trapped six classmates in an empty classroom. One of the student managed to slip away and inform a teacher as the boy barricaded the door.

The school was immediately evacuated and a 45-minute standoff ended when Wilkinson County sheriff's deputies and school officials managed to force their way into the classroom and overpower him. No
one was injured in the incident.


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