Student faces expulsion for threatening classmate with a knife

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 7 at 7:47 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- An Idaho boy faces expulsion for bringing a knife to Lakes Middle School.  Police said he threatened another student.  It is the second incident in a month involving a knife in Coeur d'Alene schools.

The 13-year-old student is scheduled to be at a school board hearing to determine whether he will be expelled for bringing the knife to school.
 
The knife incident happened Wednesday at Lakes Middle School in Coeur d'Alene.  The school's resource officer said the boy brought the knife to school.  The officer said the boy held it up to the neck of a classmate in the lunch room.  Coeur d'Alene Police determined the incident was more of a horse play situation instead of an intentional threat.  The district said it is taking the matter very seriously and that there will be severe consequences for the student involved.

"We are constantly reminding students they cannot have knives in school.  Even though knives in North Idaho are part of the culture of being out in the woods and hunting and fishing.  But they cannot come to school for health and safety reasons," said Coeur d'Alene School District Superintendent Hazel Bauman.

Coeur d'Alene schools is partnering with police, parents, teachers and student to talk about ways to make schools safer.  The task force is expected to meet sometime early next week.

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