BREMERTON, Wash. -

Two years ago a 9-year-old boy took a handgun to school in Bremerton. It went off in his backpack and critically wounded an 8-year-old girl.

The boy pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, underwent a year of court-supervised probation and was barred from school for a year. No other schools in the area would take him.

The Kitsap Sun reports a new law that went into effect this school year requires districts to make return-to-school plans for expelled students.

The Bremerton boy's probation officer put him in contact with two volunteer tutors -- a retired teacher and high school student. The teacher coordinated with the Bremerton School District to keep the boy on track academically.