COLVILLE, Wash. -- A Fort Colville Elementary School student pleaded guilty on Monday in court to plotting to hurt his classmates. The 5th grade boy changed his plea during a 9:30 a.m. hearing.
The 10-year-old pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first degree murder, tampering with a witness, and juvenile in possession of a firearm. The Stevens County Prosecutor's Office said he will be sentenced on April 22nd at 1 p.m.
He is one of two suspects charged for the plot. The 10 year-old and an 11-year-old boy originally pleaded not guilty on March 29th.
Both boys were facing trial for plotting to hurt their classmates. Prosecutors had charged the boys with conspiracy to commit first degree murder, tampering with a witness, and juvenile in possession of a firearm.
Court documents said that the boys confessed to plotting to harm seven of their classmates, including one of the boy's girlfriends. Police said that the boys brought a knife, a gun, and ammunition to Fort Colville Elementary School to kill their classmates. The plan was foiled when another student saw a knife fall from one of the suspect’s backpacks while getting off the school bus. The boy told school staff who search the students’ backpacks and found the weapons.
“As sad as this event has been for us, we avoided a tragedy. I hope that not only our school staff, but parents and community members as well, realize how important it is to stay connected to your children and to be aware of their needs and actions on a daily basis. It does take a community to raise a child and to keep our precious children safe at all times,” Colville School District Superintendent Michael Cashion.
The 11-year-old suspect faces a judge again on April 15th.