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Thursday, 9 March, 2000, 15:05 GMT
School to suspend killer boy
Distraught parents gathered at the school
Parents expressed horror and outrage at the shooting
A six-year-old boy in the United States faces suspension from school for shooting dead a classmate 10 days ago.

The school superintendent of the Michigan district where the incident took place has recommended that the boy be expelled for three months, in accordance with state laws banning weapons in schools.

"The districts have no recourse on expelling if you bring a weapon to school. The statute is very clear," Donald Bonato, a school district attorney said.

Kayla Rolland
The victim: Kayla Rolland
A decision to expel the boy is likely to be taken on 15 March, after which his parents could demand a hearing to challenge the expulsion, Mr Bonato added.

The boy, his 5-year-old sister and 8-year-old brother are currently receiving tuition out of school.

Single shot

Doug Theodoroff, a lawyer representing the boy, said he hoped other arrangements could be made for his client's education during the suspension.

"It's pretty clear he's going to be suspended," he said. "If he is, I want to see so this kid isn't sitting home all day watching TV."

The boy shot Kayla Rolland, also six, with a single shot from a .32 calibre handgun in front of her teacher and other school pupils at a primary school near Flint, 100km (65 miles) north-west of Detroit.

It is not clear whether the shooting was accidental or intentional. The girl was rushed to hospital where she died 30 minutes later.

Her killer will not face criminal charges, as authorities have said he is too young to understand what happened.

A 19-year-old man living at the house where the boy had been staying has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly leaving the gun around.

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