Quincy Tuttle allegedly intended to shoot another classmate who called his friend “gay.” It is unknown whether or not the bullied student actually identifies as gay.
Tuttle was detained at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning after his mother called school officials to alert them that her son might have taken knives to class. Officers said they found a .22-caliber handgun in the boy’s front pants pocket, as well as 400 rounds of ammunition, and several knives.
Tuttle told school officials that a “voice in his head” told him to hurt the classmate who had bullied his friend. He allegedly planned to shoot the classmate in the arm and then shoot himself in the head. He is now being held on charges of attempted assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a weapon at school.
In a statement, Tuttle’s parents said: “We are at a loss for words and deeply saddened for the fear that these circumstances have caused. We are cooperating with law enforcement, school personnel and mental health officials to ensure our son gets the help he needs.”
Police credited Tuttle’s mother with helping prevent a potentially deadly incident.
“[I]t’s reasonable to conclude based on the above mentioned information that [the boy] acted with premeditated intent to cause the death of another,” their statement read. “He brought a firearm to the school with bullets, but failed to carry the act out due to his mother’s willingness to report him as a danger to the school and because of the swift action taken by school administrators and VPD officers.”
We hope Tuttle finds the help he needs and that the families affected by this disturbing incident can heal quickly.
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