Arundel Middle Student Cited After Knife Threats

Police said a 12-year-old boy used a 3-inch knife to threaten two other students during class on Tuesday.

A student at Arundel Middle School was issued a juvenile citation after police said he threatened two classmates with a knife Tuesday during school hours. 

Anne Arundel County police said that at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the school resource officer learned that other students had witnessed one boy carrying a knife. 

The officer investigated and learned that a 12-year-old boy had threatened another 12-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl in separate incidents earlier in the day. 

Police later found a 3-inch folding knife inside the boy's locker.

The boy was given a citation for one count of possession of a dangerous weapon on school property and two counts of threatening students. He was released to his parents. 

In an interview with Patch, the mother of the male student who was allegedly threatened conveyed that the other boy pointed the knife at her son's stomach and demanded some money. She said her son did not initially report the incident because he was unsure if the other boy was joking, but eventually did report it at the urging of other students. 

"I reassured him that he did the right thing," said the mother, who declined to give her name in order to protect her son's identity. "I told him that I thought he was a hero for reporting it. He prevented him from doing something else."

The mother said her son was not hurt, but was shaken up by the incident and also faced some teasing Wednesday from other students who were upset that he reported it. 

"He was a mess [Wednesday] when he came home from school because of it," she said. 

In a letter to parents, Arundel Middle School Principal Yolanda Clark commended students for reporting the incident.

"In addition to any charges from police, I assure you that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken with regard to any student who is found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct," she wrote. 

Anne Arundel County Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said discipline will be determined at the end of the investigation into the incident. He said there was no specific timeline for when discipline would be handed down. 

Arundel Middle Student February 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Don't get me wrong - that does not mean that I am defending him. He deserved to be punished for bringing the knife and threatening someone. But, I am also tired of people acting like he's a would-be murderer. Because, he's not.
Arundel Middle Student February 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM
And, Maureen, I just wanted to add...the reason the other boy was a mess was because he was viewed as a snitch or a wimp for his failure to realize that no harm was actually intended to him. I do not look down on the boy for reporting this, he did the right thing, but he still should have definitely mentioned (or someone else should have directly told him, so that he could have at least known) that it was a jest and he was not meant to be hurt in any way.
Andre February 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM
@Arundel Middle Student: Doesn't matter. There are better ways to provide jokes that bringing a knife to school. Your thought process baffles me. Why do you think this is ok? Bc it WAS a joke? There is a NO tolerance policy in schools for weapons. While I understand he is a kid, there is no place for this. By setting an example, when no one actually got hurt, shows the kids that they will be punished for their actions....Regardless of outcome. You mention he's an idiot.....Well, I'm sure if he doesn't get a punishment, he will be able to look at this and say, I did it once, I can do it again...BC it was a joke. Silly argument.
Andre February 13, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Being viewed as a "snitch" these days is frowned upon. This ideology the just plain dumb. Listen, if my kid gets a knife pulled on him, joke or no joke, that is a threat....If he gets a hot dog pulled on him, now thats a joke. Jokes are meant to be funny, not threatening. Period. This child is clearly wrong. Please help me understand your view a little better, bc I just don't get it. I don't mean to be aggressive, but it seems like you are defending his actions, while mentioning you dont agree with him. In addition, I dont think we are saying he is going to grow up to become a murderer,......We are just saying that these incidents are not welcome.
Roland February 20, 2013 at 09:52 PM


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