Report: Plot to disrupt school foiled by accidental shooting

Sheriff’s investigators believe a violent plot to disrupt classes at Central Kitsap Junior High School was thwarted on March 16 when a 14-year-old teen was shot in the abdomen.

Another 14-year-old teen, also from Silverdale, was arrested late last week and charged in Kitsap County Juvenile Court with third-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm for the shooting which occurred in a home in Silverdale’s Woodcrest neighborhood. Following his arraignment he was released into the custody of his parents.

The Central Kitsap Reporter does not name juvenile suspects unless they have been charged as adults.

“This (plot) was effectively neutralized,” Sheriff Steve Boyer said on Monday.

Three other students believed to be part of a plan to bring guns to school have been dealt with, according to a letter sent home last Friday to parents from CK Junior High principal Barb Gilchrist.

“Following established procedures, the students involved were brought to the office, questioned and their backpacks and lockers were searched. No weapons were found but the investigation continues,” the letter stated. “The safety and well-being of our students is very important to us all, and we do not believe that there is a present threat to our students or staff.”

Details of the alleged plan were not released.

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