A fifth-graders murder plot this afternoon has students and parents across the country alarmed, the LA Times reported this Friday, Feb. 15. School officials recently found both a knife and gun in the backpack of a middle-school student in Colville, WA. The male student was reportedly planning on killing a female classmate “because she was annoying.”
Reports this week announce that authorities have apprehended two boys (ages 10 and 11) in a fifth-graders murder plot. The boy found with the gun and knife hidden in his backpack did admit to officials that he also planned to hurt six other students in the school he did not get along with after luring a girl out onto the playground to kill her.
“This was a plan. And it was a plan to kill,” said Timothy Rasmussen, a prosecuting attorney this Thursday.
He hopes to charge the 10-year-old and 11-year-old boys with conspiracy to commit murder as well as tampering with a witness, after the officials discovered the male students were planning on paying a student $80 to not tell anyone about the murder plot to hurt other classmates afterwards. No comment has been made from the parents of the boys involved in the dubbed "fifth-graders murder plot," which as become a trending topic on major search engines already this afternoon.
This latest event has once again brought to light the question of teachers having guns in the classroom for student protection, adds the press release, where local authorities said that the option was “under current consideration,” but a majority of middle-school teachers were not trained in carrying or using a gun.
"I told them I can't imagine a teacher taking a gun out, leveling it at a fifth-grader and killing them. It's the antithesis of what we [teachers] are."