Student at Col. Fred Cherry Middle School found with pair of knives, according to police

Published 5:18 pm Thursday, March 3, 2022

A student at Col. Fred Cherry was found with a pair of knives at school Tuesday, according to Suffolk Police. No one was threatened or injured in the incident.

Suffolk Police said an officer was advised by a Col. Fred Cherry school administrator that a student had brought a knife to school.

A teacher had been made aware of the student having the knife, and the student turned over the knife to the teacher upon request. Police said another knife was recovered from the student’s book bag.


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The incident is still under investigation.

In the 2021-2022 Suffolk Public Schools student code of conduct, it notes that weapon possession not involving a firearm would receive a Level 4 response, with those interventions involving “the long-term removal of a student from the school environment due to the severity of the behavior. These interventions focus on protecting the safety of the school community and ending destructive/dangerous behavior.” Police are also notified.

Typically, with a student infraction, teachers and administrators are to begin at the lowest available disciplinary consequence and only give higher consequences for repeat offenses or more serious infractions, according to the student code of conduct. For weapon possession incidents, Level 4 is the earliest level of response provided.