PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) — A judge has ruled that a 15-year-old who allegedly planned to attack his school and then changed his mind will be designated as a juvenile rather than being tried as an adult.

The decision came Wednesday after the second day of testimony in a hearing to decide the teen’s status.

Authorities say the 15-year-old suspect, who 24 Hour News 8 is not naming because he is a juvenile, created a detailed plan to shoot and kill classmates and others at Paw Paw High School, where he was a student. They say he went as far as stealing shotguns from his grandfather and sawing them off so they could be concealed. Investigators also say he’d gathered ammunition and materials to make bombs and Molotov cocktails.

The hearing that continued Wednesday began in late April. During that first portion of the hearing, prosecutors showed a judge pages from a journal that had what police called a “hit list” inside. It also contained entries that detailed a plan to shoot and kill classmates and staff at Paw Paw High School on March 19.

Investigators say they believe that the suspect would have carried out his plan had he not been confronted by his mother, who then took him to the sheriff’s department, where he was arrested March 18.

The mother testified Wednesday that her son told her that he was going to the weapons and materials to school and that people were going to die.

Sgt. Kyle Romeo with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office testified about the day the suspect’s mother brought him to the sheriff’s department.

“She brought (the suspect) in and told the corrections officer that he was dangerous,” Romeo testified in court.

“He admitted that he was going to take the guns to school and that people were going to die,” he continued, describing information given to authorities by the suspect’s mother.

“He told her that he was intending just to kill himself initially,” Romeo said later during his testimony.

The officer said the suspect’s mother said the young man told her he changed his mind. 

“He told her that he wanted to go to school and kill others so that they wouldn’t be sad about him dying, they would be mad at him for shooting all these other people before he killed himself,” Romeo said.

During her testimony, the suspect’s mother said she regrets bringing him to authorities given all that has transpired since.

“I didn’t think he would be charged as an adult,” she said. “If I had known that, I would never have brought him down here.”

Throughout the hearing, much of the focus has been on what may have motivated the suspect. His defense attorney said the teen was bullied relentlessly at school, a notion that the school’s liaison officer and prosecutors have disputed.

The teen’s mother’s boyfriend told 24 Hour News 8 of the alleged bullying shortly after the arrest took place in March.

Some of the alleged bullying mentioned had roots in an incident where the suspect was photographed while going to the mailbox wearing only his underwear. The picture was purportedly shared on social media prompting classmates to tease the suspect at school.

“I remember (the suspect’s mother) said that the kids were relentless,” Romeo testified.

Other alleged bullying stemmed from previous incident where law enforcement engaged with the student for creating a so-called “bomb book.” 

The writings detailed information from the internet about how to make explosives. When school leaders discovered the book, they contacted law enforcement, including the FBI. It was determined that the suspect was not a threat, police testified.

Romeo testified Wednesday that law enforcement officials advised the suspect’s mother to get a mental health evaluation for her son through Van Buren Community Mental Health, but the treatment never happened.

“(The suspect) actually agreed with (his mother) that he should see a counselor,” Romeo testified. “She told me that she left a voicemail with community mental health and didn’t receive a call back.”

The suspect’s mother testified she wanted to get her son mental help, which is why she brought him to police.

“That’s what I thought that police did, I thought they helped,” she said.