Miss. family sorry Yazoo County girl pulled gun


By Chris Joyner
USA TODAY
The family of the 14-year-old girl who pulled a gun out on a Yazoo County school bus Tuesday issued an apology today through their lawyer.

“The whole family is concerned and they want the public to know, as well as the authorities, that they are very saddened,” Jackson attorney John Reeves said. “They are very sorry it happened.”

Reeves said the family intends to get emotional help for the girl, who was tackled and disarmed by 18-year-old classmate Kaleb Eulls. But he said the girl does not belong in jail. “She doesn’t need to be in jail for the rest of her life,” he said.

Reeves said the girl remains in the Yazoo County youth detention facility.

Reeves said the family intends to cooperate fully with the authorities, but he indicated he plans to petition to keep the offense in youth court. Under Mississippi law, circuit court has the authority to try juveniles over 13 as adults for certain violent crimes.

Among the factors the court may consider in whether to refer the case back to youth court is the maturity of the offender and whether the crime posed “substantial risk to the public,” Reeves said. Full story.

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