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Teen faces charges after shooting school principal with pellet gun

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT)- A Letcher County Middle School student faces several charges. Police say the teen fired a pellet gun at West Whitesburg Elementary staff. Now the boy faces wanton endangerment and assault charges.

We spoke earlier with Whitesburg Police Chief Tyrone Fields, he says the shots were fired off school grounds and the injuries suffered by the principal were very minor, but still this is a case he's taking very seriously.

Police say the shooting took place Friday just after 3:00 p.m. West Whitesburg Elementary School Principal Stacy Isaac was standing outside along with a handful of other teachers and students.

Chief Fields told us, “She felt her leg begin to sting and she told the other people standing there that it felt like something had hit her in the leg.”

Police determined the shots came from an apartment complex across the street. They say a 13-year old boy had walked home from Whitesburg Middle School and fired about seven shots from a pellet gun out the window toward the teachers.

Fields said, “I spoke with him, the child is sorry of course for what he done, he said that his intent was not to shoot at the personnel that was standing on the sidewalk.”

The principal suffered only minor injuries and no one else was hurt. The boy faces eight counts of wanton endangerment and one charge of assault.
We tried to reach Principal Isaac as well as the district superintendent for comment, but they were unavailable.

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