COLVILLE, Wash. -- A judge sentenced a Fort Colville Elementary school student to a facility for Washington’s most serious juvenile offenders. The fifth grader will spend between three to five years at the Echo Glen Children’s Center for plotting to attack his classmates.
Echo Glen Children’s Center is 45 miles east of Seattle in a secluded area near Snoqualmie. The facility has medium-maximum security and is unfenced.
Yet, Echo Glen has had some trouble in the past. Six high-risk juvenile offenders attacked a female staff member and left her unconscious in September 2012. They were able to escape the facility, but were caught with the help of a sheriff’s helicopter. This was the third escape in nine years.
One court official said the Fort Colville fifth grader would be housed with much older and violent kids. The boy’s father spoke at the hearing Wednesday. He stated that other kids in the facility could negatively influence his son.
However, lawyers at the Stevens County hearing said the boy would be with kids around his age, size, and social maturity at Echo Glen. Lawyers state that fifth grader would also receive schooling and behavioral therapy.
Prosecutors said the fifth grader could be released from Echo Glen in about three years for good behavior.