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Teenager who planned mass school shooting is to be freed after just six months behind bars

Warwick Crown Court Credit: PA

A troubled teenager who planned a mass school shooting is to be freed after just six months behind bars.

The 15-year-old - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - was sentenced to six years at Warwick Crown Court last September.

The teenager took a shotgun and 200 cartridges from his dad's gun cabinet before entering Higham Lane School, in Nuneaton.

The boy loaded the shotgun before having a change of heart and dialling 999.

He admitted to having the gun with intent to endanger life, and possessing the cartridges and a knife.

But at London's Appeal Court, Lady Justice Hallett ruled the teenager needed help as much as punishment.

He was suffering from severe depression and social anxiety at the time, she told the court.

We have concluded that this is a case in which the welfare of this child goes hand in hand with the protection of the public.

He was a model son ... who had exhibited no aggressive or disruptive behaviour before this incident.

– Lady Justice Hallett

Social workers recommended that the boy be freed under a supervision order, subject to a comprehensive rehabilitation package.