Two students aged 10 and 11 have been charged with plotting to kill a girl at their school and bribing another student to keep quiet about it after a handgun was found in one of their backpacks.
The boys, who were hoping to lure the girl outside the school in Fort Colville, Washginton and kill her because she was 'really annoying', have also confessed to planning to attack six other pupils.
They paid another student, who found out about the plot at Fort Colville Elementary School, $80 to keep it a secret.
The case has stunned the small where Stevens County prosecuting attorney, Timothy Rasmussen, will argue that the defendants should be held criminally responsible on charges of conspiracy to commit murder in the first-degree and witness tampering.
Mr Rasmussen told the Los Angeles Times yesterday: 'This was a plan. And it was a plan to kill.'
He added: 'To me, 10 and 11-year-olds do bad things. They throw rocks through windows. They shoot BB guns at people's cars. They hit people with sticks, they set a cat on fire. Those are things that children do. But this was a plot to kill.'
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