Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that on March 22, 2018, a jury found that a 12 year old child had committed Aggravated Assault upon a School Employee and Unlawful Carrying of a Deadly Weapon on School Premises.
On February 8, 2018, the child entered Marshall Middle School with a loaded Airsoft pistol. Several students reported to Principal Todd Morris that the child was carrying a weapon, and school officials immediately acted to apprehend the child and to secure the weapon. After removing the child from the halls and getting him into Principal Morris’ office, the child made several threats, including “how would you like to be shot by a twelve year-old?”
School officials contacted Clovis Police Department, who quickly responded to the scene. Officers then confiscated and disarmed the pistol and arrested the child. Even after being arrested, the child continued to make threats and remarks about “shooting-up” the school.
The Honorable Fred Van Soelen presided over the trial and, noting that it would be an understatement to call the child’s behavior “disturbing,” ordered the child to undergo a fifteen day evaluation at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque. The Court will hold a disposition hearing at a later date.
The case was prosecuted by Lara Maierhofer, Assistant District Attorney. The child was represented by Assistant Public Defender, Jeremiah Hall.
Ms. Maierhofer stated, “This is a very personal victory for the people of Clovis. Not only did our community hold this child accountable for his actions, but Marshall Middle School personnel and Principal Todd Morris acted swiftly and diligently to protect their students from harm.”
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.