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Suspected school gunman had been suspended for threats

Posted September 16

— A Washington state student accused of a deadly school shooting had been suspended for bringing threatening notes to school shortly before the attack.

Freeman School District Superintendent Randy Russell tells The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/2w0GtnZ) that the district followed protocol by suspending the student and sending him for a mental evaluation.

The newspaper reported that the shooting occurred on the first day 15-year-old Caleb Sharpe returned from the suspension to Freeman High School in Rockford.

Court documents say he pulled an assault weapon from a bag, but it jammed.

Police say Sharpe pulled a pistol from his coat and shot and killed a 15-year-old boy, and wounded three female students.

Sharpe was arrested and has yet to make an appearance in juvenile court.

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