More time: Boy involved in Mattoon HS shooting will receive more mental health evaluations

The boy suspected in the Mattoon High School shooting will receive more mental health evaluations.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 3:21 PM
Updated: Feb 15, 2018 6:43 PM

COLES COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) - The boy suspected in the Mattoon High School shooting will receive more mental health evaluations.

His attorney asked a judge to consider placing him in a treatment facility.

The judge ordered the Illinois Department of Human Services to evaluate him.

Dr. Lawrence Jeckel took the stand in Thursday's hearing.

He's the psychiatrist who was ordered to evaluate the shooting suspect following the incident.

Dr. Jeckel said he's spoken to the boy twice.

The boy claims a girl at the school was bullying him.

He was suspended from school when he got into a fight with her.

That is when the boy decided to take action.

First, he learned the combination of his father's gun safe.

He took a gun when he went back to school, hid the weapon, and planned on shooting the girl.

When she didn't show, he decided to just open fire, and it was a teacher who stopped him.

"The circumstances and the heroics of that teacher stopped this situation from becoming more like the Florida situation, with more deaths and more injuries, it was fortunate that it minimized to the degree it was," Coles County State's Attorney Brian Bower said.

We could learn more about the evaluation by DHS at the suspect's next hearing, which is set for March 29th.

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