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LAMS student suspended for having knife

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Education: Automatic suspension kicks in for boy with blade in backpack

By Tris DeRoma

A routine inspection of a middle school student’s backpack took a dark turn Dec. 19 when police found a folding razor knife, a metal pipe and a rock inside the backpack.

It all started when Principal Rex Kilburn told the school’s resource officer to take the student out of his morning class. Kilburn told the officer the student may be carrying a knife of some sort on his person.

When the student, described in the police report as a 13-year-old male was interviewed, he at first allegedly denied he had a knife on him.

But when Kilburn inspected the backpack he found the knife as well as the rock and a metal pipe in his backpack.

The student told Kilburn the pipe was a piece of his parent’s piano and that he wanted to use it to replace a part missing of the school’s orchestra piano. The rock was something he just liked to kick on the way home, the student said.

While waiting for the child’s mother to come to the school, other students came forward and stated that the 13-year-old was allegedly threatening to kill another student, and was also allegedly trying to recruit other students to help him do it.


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