Thirty more letters were signed to send to Jasper County Circuit Court Judge David Mouton, who will decide whether the 14-year-old's case will be removed from the adult system and remanded to juvenile court. Eighteen letters had already arrived at the court earlier Wednesday, according to court records.
In a posting on the message board, Rosana Ladik, Joplin said:
Just wanted to let you know the Candlelight Vigil for Thomas was beautiful. I can't say for sure how many were there, because I was in the audience, but, unfortunately, we didn't make 100. Michelle (Pippin, former Joplin Daily reporter who is handling publicity) probably did a head count, but we did get about 30 signed letters and some folks took some saying they knew they could get them signed, so we're hoping for at least 50 signed letters to Judge Mouton by tomorrow afternoon. The water and ice arrived as promised and the music was perfect. The buttons were proudly displayed by everyone there - we did run a little short, but that's good! Everyone there also wore a white "Justice for Thomas White" ribbon.
Michelle did a fabulous job pulling this thing together and getting the details and facts out to the crowd and everyone left with information sheets, resource data and a Timeline Sheet. Hopefully, we now have a base group who actually know the facts and can put some rumors to bed.
White's hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Joplin Courts Building. White is charged with two counts of assault and one count each of unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, and attempted escape. He was 13 and a seventh grader at Memorial at the time of the incident. Authorities say White took an assault rifle into the school, fired a shot into the ceiling, then aimed the gun at Principal Steve Gilbreth and pulled the trigger, but the weapon jammed.