November 15, 2001 at 7:04 PM EST - Updated June 30 at 12:16 AM
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors have upgraded charges against an 11-year-old accused of stashing a gun near his school and threatening a teacher.
Stark County prosecutors charged the boy Wednesday with carrying a concealed weapon. The fourth-degree felony is an upgrade from the original charge of aggravated menacing. The move postponed the Canton boy's trial until January.
Fellow students at Souers Middle School told authorities that the boy showed them the gun on Nov. 5, and said that he wanted to shoot a science teacher who had given him an F.
The gun was found in a field with a bullet on the ground nearby.
The youth is under house arrest and was expelled from city schools for a year. His parents hope to enroll him in a private school so he can finish sixth grade.
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