WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> Police say a 12-year-old boy is facing criminal charges for allegedly bringing bullets to his West Springfield school last month.
Chief Ron Campurciani tells The Republican newspaper the boy brought three live rounds of 9 mm ammunition to the middle school on Sept. 27.
The chief says the boy also used an online messaging app to threaten a student who turned him in and said that if he had a gun he would use it on kids who gave him a hard time.
A recent show-cause hearing found enough evidence to charge the boy with illegally possessing ammunition and threatening to commit a crime.
Police say the boy got the bullets from his older brother, a legal gun owner.
School officials say they "took action" against the boy.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/