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June 10, 1998


— Authorities say the Tonganoxie Middle School student is receiving psychological treatment.

The 13-year-old boy led from school in handcuffs after he allegedly threatened violence against fellow students has been charged with six counts of making criminal threats.

``He's already appeared in juvenile court and is undergoing some psychological screening and treatment right now,'' said Leavenworth County Atty. Frank Kohl, confirming that charges have been filed against the boy. Officials have refused to identify the teen.

The seventh-grader was arrested on May 27 at Tonganoxie Middle School by police and later was taken to Leavenworth County Juvenile Detention Center in Leavenworth.

Kohl said Tuesday that he wasn't sure whether the boy had been released to the custody of his parents to await hearing on the juvenile court complaints.

``He was to remain in detention until such time as arrangement was made for treatment,'' Kohl said.

Detention center officials refused comment when asked whether the boy was still with them, citing juvenile confidentiality laws.

Meanwhile, school officials said they will press ahead to suspend or expel the boy from classes next year, regardless of the outcome of the criminal charges against him.

``We're going to act based upon the boy's behavior or past behavior here at school,'' said Supt. Richard Erickson.

A suspension/expulsion hearing originally was scheduled for June 3, Erickson said, but the boy's attorney asked that it be postponed until June 24. School officials agreed to the later date.

``A panel will hear the boy's case and allow for due process,'' Erickson said. ``The young man can share his side of the story. The principal or school representative will share their case against the young man. The panel will make a decision on long-term suspension or expulsion.''

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