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Judge restricts media coverage of trial for boy in gun case

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A judge has issued restrictions for media coverage of the trial of a 12-year-old eastern Iowa boy accused of trying to shoot a junior high school teacher.

The Quad-City Times reported Wednesday that the Scott County District Court judge ruled the media can’t name the boy or take identifiable photographs of him or witnesses younger than 18.

The boy will be arraigned Jan. 17. He’s charged with attempted murder, carrying weapons on school grounds and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon.

Court documents allege the boy was armed with a loaded .22-caliber gun in August when he entered a classroom at North Scott Junior High in Eldridge, about 10 miles north of Davenport.

He allegedly pointed the gun at a teacher’s face and pulled the trigger, but the safety was engaged and the gun didn’t fire. The teacher took the gun from the boy.

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