JUST IN: Royal Palm High student who shot schoolmate held in detention


The Royal Palm Beach High School student who shot another student in the foot Thursday after they argued on a school bus will remain in detention at the Juvenile Assessment Center, a judge ruled Friday.

The Post is not naming the 17-year-old boy because he has not been charged as an adult. The state attorney’s office has 21 days to bring adult charges.

Documents related to the case are not available, but testimony during a detention hearing Friday indicated the boy is facing one count each of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

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Friday’s hearing was held to determine whether the boy would remain in detention. A public defender representing the boy referred to him as a first-time offender who should be allowed to return home while being supervised by an ankle monitor.

But Judge James Martz referred to the severity of the charges in denying his release. No members of the boy’s family showed up in court, although his father participated in the hearing by phone.

The shooting took place at the intersection of Celebration Boulevard and Jog Road after the juveniles argued on a school bus. The dispute continued after the boys stepped off the bus, leading to the shooting. The topic of the argument was not mentioned in court.

An off-duty police officer stopped to render aid on the injured juvenile and contacted police, the spokesman said.

The injured boy, who is 15, was taken to a hospital for treatment. His condition was unknown.

During the hearing, Martz was told that the firearm the 17-year-old was holding during the incident went off accidentally after the alleged victim reached for it. Testimony also indicated that the boy brought the fiream to school on Thursday. The altercation and shooting took place after school at about 3:45 p.m.

Martz advised the boy to stay out of trouble while the State Attorney’s Office contemplates whether to charge him as an adult.

“I’d be the picture of perfection in the detention center if I was you,” Martz said.

The boy was ordered not to have contact with the victim or two witnesses to the shooting.

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