When I was a 10-year-old, the worst thing a boy did to me was put Scotch tape in my hair. If only! Proof that society is going down the toilet: two fifth grade boys in Colville, Washington, have first-degree murder conspiracy charges against them for plotting to rape and kill their female classmate. They were discovered on February 7 after a child saw one of the boys playing with a knife on the school bus; in a backpack, the kids had a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol (stolen from a family member) and ammunition. One of the boys explained, “She’s rude and always made fun of me and my friends.”
Last week, a judge in Washington state ruled that the boys, 10 and 11, are competent enough to stand trial in juvenile court despite their youthful age. The Fort Colville Elementary School Students wrote a seven-point list of how they planned to sexually assault, stab, and ultimately murder their female classmate, which prosecutors used as evidence to explain they were wholly aware of what they were doing and are therefore mentally fit to stand trial.
I shudder at the idea that a 10- or 11-year-old even knows what it means to rape someone. (Interestingly, according to the Spokesman Review, “[The prosecutor] said the boy described rape as a display of strength and power — not sex.”) Both boys have been deemed a threat to society and are being held on a $100,000 bond.
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