Student’s conduct may result in charges

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 13, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

Suffolk police are investigating allegations that a 13-year-old King’s Fork Middle School student inappropriately touched a female classmate Thursday morning.

A female seventh-grader told school officials that the male student touched her breasts and attempted to pull down her pants during a music class, said Sgt. Michael McKenzie, spokesman for the Suffolk Police Department.

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&uot;The incident is under investigation,&uot; said McKenzie. Charges may be pending against the student.

The student has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, said Bethanne Bradshaw, spokeswoman for Suffolk Public Schools.

&uot;We are working with police to continue the investigation,&uot; she added. &uot;As the police investigation continues and we receive additional information, we will respond according to our student discipline policy.

&uot;We want to assure the community that school administrators are working hard to keep all of our students safe.&uot;

In an unrelated incident on Tuesday, a 16-year-old student at King’s Fork High School was charged with carrying a knife on school property, McKenzie said.

The student had carried a clip-style pocket knife to school, he said.

No other charges are expected in that incident.

King’s Fork Middle School has been in the public eye several times over the past two years.

Last spring, a 14-year-old student was suspended after allegedly striking a teacher during a fire drill. That teacher had to be hospitalized.

Also last spring, a gym teacher was falsely charged with assaulting a student. The teacher was later cleared of the charges.