They say on your first day in prison, you should prove you're tough by picking a fight. A 16-year-old Kansas City boy had a different idea when he was locked up in a Texas juvie hall last week. He shot the place up. Nobody was injured.
Details are sketchy because he's a minor, but the teen, who has warrants out on him here, stashed the gun in a bag with his clothes. For whatever reason, the arresting officers didn't bother searching it before leaving him in the care of Smith County Juvenile Detention Center about two hours east of Dallas. The boy popped off a few rounds, and officers discovered him later in a hallway holding the gun to his head. They talked him into the putting it down.
East Texas CBS affiliate KYTX has the story, including a classic interview with the mother of another kid locked up at the center, who says what we're all thinking: "I really don't understand how someone was able to get here with a loaded weapon. I mean, that could have been prevented I think." Yeah, you'd think. She goes on to complain that she doesn't get to bring her son a particular kind of comb he likes, but this kid gets to bring his piece inside.
Police don't know why the boy was fleeing to Tyler, home of a "drive-thru safari," but it seems as nice of a place as any to bed down until the law backs off. Whatever the boy's legal troubles are in KC,, they just got a lot worse. A police officer told the station that he will probably face a first-degree felony for aggravated assault on a public servant.
Photo from the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission.