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Seattle Boy Who Accidentally Shot Third-Grade Classmate Charged

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Preliminary charges have been filed against the third-grade boy accused of accidentally shooting his 8-year-old classmate in the abdomen at their Seattle-area school.

The unnamed boy has been charged with unlawful possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school and third-degree assault. Children in Washington state between 8 and 12 can be charged if they are deemed to understand wrongdoing.

Bail was lowered from $250,000 to $50,000 at Thursday’s preliminary hearing for the 9-year-old boy, who looked frightened during a court appearance that was also attended by his father and uncle, who is the boy’s legal guardian. The boy’s mother was not at the hearing.  The boy has not been named because of his age.

A capacity hearing has been scheduled for two weeks, and the boy was released on bail at some point Thursday, according to Kitsap County prosecutor’s juvenile division.

“I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake.  It was a terrible mistake,” the boy’s father said outside the courthouse on Thursday.

Both of the child’s parents have extensive criminal records, according to Kitsap County officials, but police told ABC News' Seattle affiliate KOMO that they would not discuss whether they would be investigated in relation to Wednesday’s shooting.

The boy’s father and uncle told ABC News that they believe the child got the gun from his mother’s boyfriend when he was visiting her last weekend.

“He’s a good kid.  It’s all I can say,” the boy’s uncle said Thursday.  “I apologize to the family of that girl.  I really do.”

Amina Bowman, 8, was airlifted from Armin Jahr Elementary School to Harborview Medical Center after the gun discharged inside the boy’s backpack around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to police in Bremerton, Wash.  She remains in critical condition and will face surgeries in the next few weeks, although she has interacted with her parents, KOMO reported.

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Sec. Arne Duncan: "Developed Nations Are Out-Educating Us"

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Education Secretary Arne Duncan has responded to a new report showing that American students continue to fall behind internationally, saying the findings “show that a host of developed nations are out-educating us.”

The report, Highlights From PISA 2009: Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in Reading, Mathematics, and Science Literacy in an International Context, out Tuesday, reveals the U.S. now ranks 25th in math, 17th in science, and 14th in reading out of the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD] countries.

OECD countries such as Finland, South Korea, Canada, Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand continue to outpace the U.S. in reading, science and math. China also delivered a wake-up call to experts. In its first year to be included in the study as a non-OECD country, Shanghai ranked first in all three categories.

“The findings, I have to admit, show that the United States needs to urgently accelerate student learning to try to remain competitive in the knowledge economy of the 21st century,” Duncan said at a press conference at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “Americans need to wake up to this educational reality instead of napping at the wheel while emerging competitors prepare their students for economic leadership.”

The U.S. did show improvement in science and math from 2006 to 2009, but Duncan warned “I don’t think that’s much for us to celebrate. Being average in science is a mantle of mediocrity.”

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, Duncan said the U.S. should focus on recruiting and supporting talented teachers in order to catch up to the rest of the world.

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Student in Wisconsin Hostage Standoff Dies

Photo Courtesy - WBAY-TV Green Bay(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The young gunman who took more than 20 students and a teacher hostage Monday night has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Shortly after all the hostages were released unharmed, police heard three gunshots, prompting officers to "breech the door," police said.  The student then shot himself.

The gunman, identified as Samuel Hengel, a resident of Porterfield, Wisc., was transported to Bay Area Medical Center where he later died.

Authorities responded to the hostage situation Monday at Marinette High School. Police said a 15-year-old male student armed with a handgun was holding 23 students and a teacher hostage in a classroom.

Although a hostage negotiating team was assembled inside the school, direct contact was not made with the student and police were unaware of the suspect's demands or motive.

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