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Boy, 10, charged for allegedly shooting school buses with BB gun

The 10-year-old boy who allegedly shot into the windows of a Methuen school bus with a BB gun while students were on board was allowed to remain free while the case moves through Lawrence Juvenile Court, prosecutors said.

Only limited details were publicly available because of the child’s age.

He is charged as a juvenile with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a BB gun, malicious destruction of property, and disorderly conduct, according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office.

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The boy was released by the court, but it was not disclosed who he lives with.

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On Wednesday at 3 p.m., children were leaving a local school when two separate buses had their windows shot out by what investigators would later identify as pellets from a BB gun, according to Methuen police.

Two children on the buses received “extremely minor” injuries from the breaking glass, police said.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.