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Iowa boy to be tried as youthful offender in adult court for attempted shooting

A 12-year-old Iowa boy accused of unsuccessfully trying to shoot his teacher will be tried in adult court as a youthful offender. (MGN Online)

ELDRIDGE, Iowa (AP) - A 12-year-old Iowa boy accused of unsuccessfully trying to shoot his teacher will be tried in adult court as a youthful offender.

The Quad-City Times reports that a judge made that ruling Friday just before the boy made his first appearance on charges of attempted murder and weapons counts.

The boy remains in a youth detention center on $50,000 bond.

If convicted as a youthful offender in adult court, the boy would remain under juvenile court supervision until he's 18.

The case would then return to adult court, where a judge could dismiss it or sentence the offender to adult prison.

The Associated Press does not generally name juveniles charged with crimes.

Police say the boy entered a North Scott Junior High classroom on Aug. 31 with a .22-caliber handgun and tried to shoot the teacher.

Investigators say when the loaded gun jammed, the teacher wrestled it away from him.

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