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Police respond to calls of weapons at schools

Published 10:28pm Monday, March 4, 2013

Suffolk police responded to two public schools in Suffolk on Friday on calls of students with weapons.

At Creekside Elementary School, the assistant principal reported a fourth-grade student brought a 4-inch razor blade to school, city spokeswoman Diana Klink wrote in an email. The 10-year-old boy showed other students, and one notified a substitute teacher around 2 p.m.

The razor was tucked in a wrist brace the boy wore to school, Klink said. No threats were made, and the student was released to his mother.

Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said the boy was recommended for an administrative hearing.

In a separate incident, an assistant principal at Forest Glen Middle School reported a student in possession of a kitchen knife in the lunchroom, Klink wrote in the email.

“Investigation revealed that the student packed a silver kitchen knife in his lunch bag before leaving his residence to come to school in order to cut a block of cheese for his sandwich as he was running late,” Klink wrote. “The knife was never displayed in a threatening manner, and the knife was out of the lunch bag only long enough to cut the cheese.”

Prosecution was declined, Klink said. Bradshaw added that no disciplinary action has been taken against the Forest Glen student.

  • TB_suffolklady

    But one of the high schools overlooked a student who brought poultry shears to school….

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  • frankthirdson

    And please do not forget the zero tolerance for the student who cried out for help with the family member smoking marijuana. We need a fair policy across the board.

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  • ghostwriter2

    There is a “zero tolerance” policy in place and should aply to ALL students regardless. The kid tha ned to cut his cheese should get the same treatment as the Creekside student. Fair is fair sodo the same for all.

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  • MrJiggyFly

    Zero Tolerance is a coward’s policy. It enables the hearing committee to hide behind a policy without having to exsert any rational thinking on a case by case basis. If his story is true, I can’t think to imagine how helpless that kid at Creekside must feel. He had nowhere to turn but adults he thought he could trust at school. From what I hear, the police are acting rather pig-headed about this particular case also. Hopefully common sense will prevail.

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    What happened to zero tolerance? Either you have it, or you don’t.

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