The 12-year-old Florida boy who killed a fellow 12-year-old girl during a sleepover by shooting her in the side of the head with a shotgun on April 30 is now facing manslaughter charges.
The boy from Jacksonville whom police identity the police are not releasing because he is a minor has been given a warrant.
Authorities recalled that the boy was then arguing with the girl during that fateful day of sleepover at a home on Willow Beach when he suddenly grabbed a shotgun hidden beneath the house.
The report says that the boy, who was only 11 years old then, brought the firearm inside the house and playfully pointed it at everyone in the room.
Witnesses said the boy pointed the gun at victim Ra‘Mya and said: “Say I won’t.”
The warrant says someone in the room managed to shout and reply: “You won’t.” The boy, however, horrifically went ahead and shot the poor girl in the head.
Ra ‘Mya was taken to the hospital, but she died almost a month after, on May 25.
The report also says that the boy fled the house after shooting the victim. The boy was later questioned by the police, and a warrant for his arrest has been filed on October 17.
The boy will face charges of manslaughter but he is not, of course, being charged as an adult.
It is not clear if the owners of the gun will have a responsibility, too, for the crime. It is also not clear if there were adults and guardians in the home with the children at the time of the sleepover, when the shocking crime also took place claiming the life of an innocent girl.
Kids should be introduced to guns at the earliest possible age. That is the age they are able to distinguish a firearm from a toy.
All kids should be in cub scouts so they can learn how to shoot, whittle wood, and make fires.