Colville, WA – Two fifth graders in Washington have been arrested, accused of plotting the death of a fellow classmate because she was rude and annoying.
Their plan was discovered on February 7th after a student at Fort Colville Elementary School told a teacher he had seen one of the accused with a knife. When the teacher searched the backpacks belonging to the boy and his 10-year-old friend, they found a knife with a three-and-a-quarter inch blade, a .45 calibre Remington 1911 semiautomatic handgun and an ammunition clip.
When the boys were later questioned separately by police, they both confessed to planning on luring a female classmate outside of the school to kill her, and confessed to having six other students on their hit list who’d they planned on killing by also luring away from the school one at a time.
The 11-year-old admitted he just wanted the girl dead because she was rude and picked on him. He planned to kill the girl with the knife while his younger friend used a gun he’d stolen from his other brother to keep people from stopping him. The 10-year-old told authorities he’d been in “a short dating relationship” with the girl, but that “she’s rude and always made fun of me and my friends,” court papers said.
Officers noticed that during his interview with the older boy that he “did not display any emotion or remorse,” court papers said. They also learned that the two boys had paid another student $80 for their silence after the student found out about the two boys’ murder plot weeks earlier.
Stevens County prosecuting attorney, Timothy Rasmussen, told reporters this just wasn’t some kids talking shit, they intended to follow through with their plan. ”To me, 10 and 11-year-olds do bad things. They throw rocks through windows. They shoot BB guns at people’s cars. They hit people with sticks, they set a cat on fire (uh, what?). Those are things that children do. But this was a plot to kill,” he said.
This is why he will argue that the boys should be held criminally responsible on charges of conspiracy to commit murder in the first-degree and witness tampering. While Washington presumes children under 12 don’t have the capacity to understand they are planning to commit crimes, a judge can allow prosecutors to pursue criminal charges in juvenile court for children between the ages of 8 and 12, but only if prosecutors can show the juveniles understood the difference between right and wrong.
Pam Loginsky of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Olympia said some of the key factors a judge will decide on is if the boys knew their plan was wrong, did they try to get others not to tell on them, and had they engaged in similar conduct before. “Did they understand it was wrong at the time they did it, not just after they were caught?” added Loginsky
If the boys are convicted in juvenile court, they would likely be incarcerated in a juvenile hall, possibly up to the age of 18. Which may not be a bad idea for the 11-year-old because, get this — while being transported to the Stevens County Courthouse, the juvenile probation department staff told a detective that they overheard the older boy telling his friend: “If I find out who told them about our weapons, I’m going to kill them. I don’t care; when I get out of jail I’m going to come back and kill them,” according to court papers. Jesus.Tags: Crime, Fort Colville Elementary School, Juvenile, Murder, Shooting