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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 â€śreally annoying,â€ť 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 boyâ€™s 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 â€śand do her in.â€ť
The court record said that one boy was going to stab the girl and the other youngster â€śwas supposed to keep everyone away.â€ť
The two boys admitted that there were other students that they wanted to kill and that they had been scheming for â€śawhile,â€ť according to the court documents.
One of the youngsters conceded in the court document that they were â€śplanning to killâ€¦because she was really annoying.â€ť
During questioning by Colville Police Department personnel, one of the students admitted they wanted to kill the female classmate because â€śsheâ€™s rude and always made fun of me and my friends.â€ť
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