COLVILLE, Wash. -- Colville School District leaders confirmed plans to honor a student who told stopped another student’s plan to hurt classmates. Justin Sanders will be honored at a school board meeting on February 27th according to the Superintendent Michael Cashion.
KREM 2 News spoke to Sanders on Friday night in Colville.
The 4th grader was honored last week at Fort Colville Elementary School. Cashion added that Colville city leaders are also planning to honor Sanders.
The boy spotted weapons inside a classmate’s backpack last week. Sanders noticed a knife inside the bag while riding the bus to Fort Colville. School leaders said Sanders immediately told a lunchroom monitor when he arrived at school.
Fort Colville staff immediately search the boy’s backpack. They found a gun, ammunition and a knife inside the bag. District leaders could not confirm how the students obtained the weapons. However authorities revealed on Friday that the gun was stolen.
Cashion said that the 5th grade suspect and a friend admitted to plotting to hurt other students. Court documents showed that they planned to hurt as many as seven students.
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.
Both boys return to court February 20th. Prosecutors will then decide if they were capable of committing the crime and whether to press charges.