Serbia school gunman cannot be held criminally responsible due to young age

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A Serbian schoolboy who on Wednesday opened fire on his classmates cannot held criminally responsible due to his young age, the Tanjug news agency reported citing a statement by prosecutor’s office.

According to the Serbian legal provisions, the boy “is deemed criminally irresponsible, because he has not reached the age of 14,” the report said.

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The boy’s father has been detained on suspicion of aggravated endangering of the public safety, it said.

Using his father’s handgun, the boy fired first at the security guard and three girls in the hallway and then entered a history class and shot at the teacher and classmates, police said. The teacher and six pupils were hospitalized, some with life-threatening injuries.

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