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Published On: Sat, Feb 16th, 2013

Two fifth grade boys busted with loaded gun and knife at school, plotting to murder classmate who ‘annoyed them’

A pair of boys in eastern Washington was busted last week carrying a loaded gun and knife in a backpack to school.

The Fort Colville Elementary School students allegedly were conspiring to kill a girl because she annoyed them. Additionally, they confessed to planning the murders of other students. The details just emerged Thursday.

WPTV detailed how the 10-year-old student planned to use the weapons to lure another student outside the school and kill her “because she was really annoying.”

photo/Fbi.gov public domain

photo/Fbi.gov public domain

The boys last week confessed to plans to harm an additional six students at the school.

“This was a plan. And it was a plan to kill,” Stevens County prosecuting attorney Timothy Rasmussen said Thursday.

According to a court affidavit made public this week, the incident came to light shortly before 8 a.m. on Feb. 7, when a fourth-grader told a teacher he had seen an 11-year-old boy with a knife.

The teacher searched that boy’s backpack and that of his 10-year-old friend and found the weapons in the friend’s backpack. They included a knife with a 3¼-inch blade, a .45-caliber Remington 1911 semiautomatic handgun and an ammunition clip.

“My background is a high school counselor and psychologist, and quite frankly, in 30-plus years, I never heard of anything like this at this age level,” said Colville School Supt. Mike Cashion.

Rasmussen was also nonplussed.

“To me, 10- and 11-year-olds do bad things,” he said. “They throw rocks through windows. They shoot BB guns at people’s cars. They hit people with sticks, they set a cat on fire. Those are things that children do. But this was a plot to kill.”

When questioned separately shortly after the weapons were discovered, the boys admitted their plot, authorities said. “I was going to kill her with the knife and [the other boy] was supposed to use the gun to keep anyone from trying to stop me or mess up our plan,” the older boy told detectives.

When shown a class list, the boy identified six other classmates who were targeted.

The younger boy had been in “a short dating relationship” with the girl, but he told authorities that “she’s rude and always made fun of me and my friends,” court papers said.

“Yes, I just want her dead,” the younger boy told authorities. He brought the gun and knife to school, documents said.

Under Washington state law, children between the ages of 8 and 12 are presumed to not have a capacity to commit a crime, prosecutor Rasmussen told CNN.

“What this hearing will determine is they will look at certain factors and try to get these children under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court,” Rasmussen said about next week’s proceedings.

 

 

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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