school busYes it's stating the obvious, but something is seriously wrong with our civilization when two 5th-graders bring weapons to  elementary school in a plot to murder one of their classmates. They should not even know what murder is at that age! I know what you are thinking. I have a boy who is nearly 10 and what he says and what he actually does are oftentimes two entirely different things. Could these boys have really gone through with it? Or was this just fifth-grade boys taking their usual smack-talk just a step too far? I considered that until I read how carefully the boys thought all he details through, and now I'm not so sure.

They boys spilled everything to the cops. Each boy had a role: The 11-year-old got the knife, the 10-year-old an ancient but still functional Remington Model 1911 semi-automatic handgun that he got from an older's brothers room. Both boys smuggled the weapons onto their school bus to their elementary school in Colville, Washington, with them last week. A fourth-grader on the bus spotted the knife and told a teacher's aide, and the boys were intercepted before they could carry out their plan.

The boys allegedly told police that they planned to lure a female classmate away from the school, where the older boy would stab her. The younger boy was going to use the gun to prevent anyone else from messing up their plan. It may sound like a silly fantasy on the surface, but when you consider that the boys actually thought the steps through with the end result of stamping out another child's life, all kinds of alarming questions pop into your head.

The boys are being held in a detention center and will appear in court next week, where a judge will give a ruling on their mental capacity and whether they should be tried in a juvenile court. There is no question these boys have been the victim of at least one bully and possibly more, and may have been turning to voilence as a last resort. Didn't anyone see what was happening here? Did the parents or teachers have any idea these boys were having trouble? And what the heck was that older brother doing with an unlocked gun just hanging around in his room for anyone to steal and use?

Thank goodess that other kid saw the knife or this could have been Newtown, Connecticut all over again, on a much different scale, but equally as tragic.

Do you think these fifth-grade boys were actually going to go through with this?


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