NOBLESVILLE, — The teenager who admitted to opening fire in a Noblesville, Indiana classroom in May will be sent to a juvenile correctional facility. A judge announced the decision of wardship in a court hearing in Hamilton County, Indiana on Wednesday.
He will be in the facility until he turns 18, at which point he'll be on probation, an attorney for the prosecution said. The exact facility has not been announced.
The suspect, who RTV6 is not identifying because he is a juvenile, admitted his guilt in a court hearing on Nov. 5.
''You are in need of dire treatment and rehabilitation," Judge Paul Felix said as he sentenced the juvenile.
Felix had to pause for a moment during his sentencing because he became too emotional to continue.
"It shakes me to think your goal was to use every round to kill," Felix said.
He said the suspect came from a stable home life, with committed parents and structure at home. He said he's smart, likable, and is supported by family, friends and a fact-based community.
He wrote a statement that was read in court on Nov. 5, apologizing for what happened. It reads, in part:
What happened on May 25th was a tragedy. And, if I could, I would take it all back. I’m sorry to all the people I scared and hurt. I feel so bad for what I put you through, and I wish it would have never happened.
I want everyone to know that I’m sorry for what I’ve done.
At the hearing, Felix said the apology was not sincere or remorseful.
"Your absolute lack of care, concern and compassion frightens me," he said.
Noblesville Schools released a statement on the order Wednesday morning.
The traumatic incidents of May 25, 2018 have forever changed the lives of our students, staff and community. Our sincerest hope is that this boy never hurts anyone again. We appreciate the court’s powerful comments and final decision, and recognize that it was appropriate within the limited confines of what state law will allow. We’re hopeful this will be a step towards closure and healing for the victims and our community overall.
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