Two fifth-grade boys created a plot to murder several classmates. The boys brought a gun and a knife to their Colville, Washington, elementary school, but were stopped before they could carry out their plan.
Their first victim was to be a female classmate that was previously friends with the older of the two boys. The 11-year-old stated that his former female friend had become “rude” and was making fun of him and several of his friends. The girl was reportedly in a short-term “dating” type of relationship with the boy’s 10-year-old friend. When the “relationship” ended, she had been “rude” to him as well.
As the girl continued to “annoy” the fifth-grade boys, they plotted to lure her from the school grounds and stab her to death. The boys worked together to create their plan.
As reported by CNN, the 11-year-old was very precise in his description of the plot to murder his classmate. Authorities relate that the boy seemed disturbingly calm and “did not display any emotion or remorse.”
The 10-year-old stole a semi-automatic gun from his brother. He brought the gun, ammunition, and a knife to school. The boys planned to lure their female classmate away from school grounds after school.
The 11-year-old planned to commit the murder. He would stab the victim to death while his 10-year-old friend used the gun to guard the area.
Thankfully the plan was halted when a fourth-grade classmate spotted a knife in the 10-year-old’s backpack. Staff at Fort Colville Elementary School contacted authorities immediately and the boys were arrested. Neither of the fifth-grade boys denied the plot to murder their classmate.
It was eventually revealed that they planned to kill six more classmates, who they planned to lure away from school grounds, one by one.
As reported by the LA Times, the boys cannot be criminally charged as adults under Washington state law. The boys are old enough to be determined “capable” of committing a “criminal act,” which will be determined by a court hearing on February 20.
Fort Colville Elementary credits a recent program that educates students to report any suspicious or seemingly dangerous behavior. It was the courage of a fourth-grade student that potentially saved several lives. If not reported, the fifth-grade boys may have continued their plot to murder their classmates, causing the nation to question once again why the tragedies continue to occur.