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Two fifth-graders at Fort Colville Elementary School in Colville allegedly masterminded a murder plot to kill a classmate because they found her to be âreally annoying,â according to court documents that were released in the case last week.
The fifth-graders, currently locked up at Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Facility near Medical Lake, had their alleged murder plot foiled earlier this month when a fourth-grader at the school told school staff that he had witnessed one of the boyâs with a knife.
The boys face charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, tampering with a witness and conspiracy to possess a firearm.
The fourth grader has been hailed as a hero for helping to avert what could have been a potential tragedy.
Pistol and knife
A teacher searched the backpacks of the two 10 and 11-year-old students and discovered a knife and a .45 caliber Remington 1911 pistol, along with a clip of ammunition, according to court records.
According to court documents, one of the boys told a school employee that he and his friend were going to get the girl they had targeted away from school âand do her in.â
The court record said that one boy was going to stab the girl and the other youngster âwas supposed to keep everyone away.â
The two boys admitted that there were other students that they wanted to kill and that they had been scheming for âawhile,â according to the court documents.
One of the youngsters conceded in the court document that they were âplanning to killâŠbecause she was really annoying.â
During questioning by Colville Police Department personnel, one of the students admitted they wanted to kill the female classmate because âsheâs rude and always made fun of me and my friends.â
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