The judge in Washington has ruled that the two fifth grade boys will face their charges as juveniles. According to a March 30 report by the Inquisitr, children their age normally do not face a murder trial.
The judge believes the boys are competent to face the conspiracy to commit murder charges. This is partly due to the handwritten note that was found with the cache of weapons on the two fifth-grades.
The note included seven steps to the killing. It even included one of the fifth-graders intent to rape and stab a girl in the school. The prosecutor believes the note proves that the fifth-grader did not view rape as a sexual act. Instead, the note led the prosecutor to believe the child thought of rape as a “display of strength and power.”
“This world is getting worse and worse,” Martha Adams, a grandmother of 14 from Oklahoma City, said. “I can’t imagine kids thinking that way, but they do. How are our children being raised? These boys have serious problems and I feel safe saying they start at home.”
Children under the age of 12 rarely are found mentally competent to stand trial for preconceived crimes. This is not the case of the two fifth-graders. Both were found to be competent and will face charges as juveniles.