An 11 year old 5th grade boy was found guilty of 2nd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Washington. He was found guilty of plotting to kill several of his classmates at school. CBS News reports the convicted 11 year old youth had joined another 10 year old classmate in the plot to commit the murders.
King5 News reports the plan was foiled when another student saw a knife fall from one of the suspect’s backpacks, while he was getting off a school bus, and notified school officials. Both boys were later searched, and on the 10-year-old's backpack, they found a knife, and a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol. The boys had planned to hurt seven of their classmates, including one of the boy's alleged girlfriend.
CBS further quotes school counselor, Debbie Rogers as testifying about her conversation with the youth after he was caught with the gun and knife:
The boy said he was planning to stab the girl to death because she was "really annoying" and the second boy was to point the gun at anyone who tried to intervene
The incident happened at Fort Colville Elementary school in Colville, Washington, on February 7th.
King5 also reported that a psychologist testified:
the boy appeared to have mental health issues and that the student met the criteria for childhood bipolar disorder. The boy experienced extreme highs and lows and talked about having unique powers, yet the judge found no indication that there was a lack of awareness by the youth of the consequences of his actions.
The convicted boy is scheduled for sentencing on November 8.