WHITE PINE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Bond has been set at $500,000 for the 11-year-old accused of shooting and killing his 8-year-old neighbor, McKayla Dyer.
The next hearing is set for October 28 in the Jefferson County juvenile court.
The 11-year-old is charged with first degree murder.
Investigators say McKayla's 11-year-old neighbor shot and killed her. They say he pointed a 12 gauge shotgun at Dyer from inside his home and shot her in the chest. He's now being held at a juvenile detention facility, charged with first degree murder.
Both children attended White Pine School. Dyer's friends say the 11-year-old boy would call her names like "stupid" and "idiot" on the school bus.
One friend says just moments before she was murdered, that boy said if Dyer didn't show him her puppy, he would "call her names and do all other kinds of stuff to her."
White Pine School principal Bill Walker says he is aware of one bullying incident on the school bus between Dyer and that 11-year-old suspect. But he says it was taken care of.
Officers got the call 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. They were dispatched to a mobile home park on Robin Ridge Road. Some called it the toughest murder scene they've encountered.
Chris Elledge, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee says bullying often takes the form of verbal or physical aggression. But physical assault usually stops at hitting or pushing.
He says, "Aggressive children are at-risk for a host of negative adjustment outcomes including... low quality friendships, later delinquency... and involvement in the juvenile justice system."