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Originally published Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM

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Charge dropped against boy who took gun to school

A judge has dismissed a reckless endangerment charge against a young boy who brought to school a gun that discharged and critically wounded a classmate a year ago in Bremerton, Wash.

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. —

A judge has dismissed a reckless endangerment charge against a young boy who brought to school a gun that discharged and critically wounded a classmate a year ago in Bremerton, Wash.

The Kitsap Sun reports that prosecution of the now 10-year-old boy was deferred if he met conditions that included writing an apology to the victim, attending counseling, keeping up with school and staying away from weapons. The boy said he took the gun to school because he felt threatened by classmates. It was in his backpack when it discharged on Feb. 22, 2012.

KOMO-TV says the boy addressed the court Thursday, thanking those who have helped him and saying he was "very sorry" for the family of the victim, Amina Kocer-Bowman. She survived.

Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Steve Dixon said he was optimistic he wouldn't see the boy back in court.

The victim's family is suing the Bremerton School District.

An appeals court is considering whether Kitsap County prosecutors can bring an assault charge against Douglas Bauer, the gun owner.

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