Man accused of bringing hatchet to Salem High School found incompetent to stand trial

Posted at 2:03 PM, Nov 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-18 11:49:52-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - The man accused of taking a hatchet to Salem High School has been found incompetent to stand trial.

Police say Kirk Cowart went into Salem High School last month with a hatchet and sat on the auditorium stage.

He was arrested.

Cowart's father told NewsChannel 3 his son is a former marine who suffers from bipolar disorder.

Cowart will be taken to the state mental hospital for treatment.

His next court date will be in January.