COLVILLE, Wash. -- Colville School District leaders honored a student and staff members who stopped another student’s plan to hurt classmates. The group was honored at the Colville School District Board meeting at 6 p.m.
Superintendent Michael Cashion said that the honorees include student Justin Sander. The 4th grader spotted weapons inside a classmate’s backpack. Sanders noticed a knife inside the bag while riding the bus to Fort Colville Elementary School. Staff said that Sanders immediately told a lunchroom monitor when he arrived at school.
Cashion said that School District leaders will also honor two Fort Colville employees. Richard Payette and Debbie Rogers will receive letters of commendation and a golden apple according to Cashion.
Fort Colville staff searched the suspects backpack when Sanders brought the weapons to their attention. They found a gun, ammunition and a knife inside the bag. Authorities later revealed that the gun was stolen.
Court documents showed that a 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 March 15th when a judge will determine if the boys had the capacity to commit the crime.