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Knife, gun found in Colville elementary student's bag
Crime, Schools
Knife, gun found in Colville elementary student's bag


An aware student's observation led to the discovery of a handgun, ammunition and a knife in another student's backpack this morning at Fort Colville Elementary School.

A student witnessed a boy in possession of a knife on the school bus this morning and reported it to a staff member nearly immediately after getting off the bus. After removing the suspect from the bus, the staff member searched his bag in an adminstrative room, where they found a knife as well as an unloaded handgun and ammunition, according to Colville School District Superintendent Michael Cashion. 

The fifth-grade boy then implicated another student as being involved with the alleged crime.

"It sounded like they had some kind of plan in mind directed toward some classmates," Cashion said. They did not have an explicit list, but the students identified some potential targets.

A counselor interviewed the students while the school waited for the police to arrive. When officers did get to the school, they confiscated the weapons and called the boys' parents so they could interview the young suspects.

Following police questioning with parents present, the two students were taken into custody, and will be expelled.

No one was injured and police are still investigating.

“We have a character education program in our schools and part of that is doing what you can to keep your friends safe, keep your teachers safe, keep everyone safe," Cashion said. "Some of that program stuck with this young boy who told the staff member what he saw. I would hate to have seen what would have happened if he did not."

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