Two Fort Colville 5th graders could face criminal charges

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by KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 4:01 AM

COLVILLE, Wash. -- Two Fort Colville Elementary School students could face criminal charges for plotting to hurt classmates. The two students confessed to the plot yesterday when school staff found weapons in one child’s backpack.

Authorities said the student brought a knife, gun and ammunition to school Thursday morning.

Prosecutors in Stevens County told KREM 2 News that they want to charge both students. The 10 and 11 year-old boys could be charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder, juvenile in possession of a firearm and tampering with a witness.

The principal at Fort Colville said that a third student knew about the plot. The student was offered $80 not to tell according school administrations. The child did not tell. Prosecutors said that student is not being charged with anything.

A 4th grade student spotted the weapons on the bus and told the lunchroom monitor. School leaders called the child a hero. They said the lunchroom monitor searched the suspect’s backpack and found the weapons.

Both boys were interviewed separately. Colville School District Superintendent Michael Cashion said one of the boys admitted that he planned to hurt his girlfriend and as many as seven other students.

District leaders could not confirm how the students obtained the weapons. However authorities revealed on Friday that the gun was stolen.

Both boys return to court February 20th. Prosecutors will then decide if they were capable of committing the crime and whether to press charges.

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