Student brings knife to school


Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 12:10 a.m.
An argument with another student, apparently over a note, prompted a 13-year-old girl to bring a large kitchen knife to school Tuesday, deputies and the school reported.
The seventh-grader at Westwood Middle School also had threatened to hurt the other student and "cut his throat," according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
The girl has been suspended from the school at 3215 NW 15th Ave. and is charged with felony possession of a weapon on a school campus. No one was injured in the incident.
Lt. Jim Troiano of the Sheriff's Office said investigators believe the girl would have followed through with the threat, but the boy, fearing an attack, had skipped school Tuesday. Two other students who saw the knife reported the girl to the school's resource deputy, preventing what Troiano said could have been a "deadly altercation."
Principal Jim TenBieg said the girl was from Leon County and had been a student at the school for 17 days.
She and the boy, an eighth-grader, had argued Monday over a note she had written.
"He had possession of it, and she was angry that he was sharing it with other people," TenBieg said.
The two were separated following an argument in the school cafeteria, deputies said.
The next day the girl came to school armed with the knife, Troiano said. The boy, however, was not at school.
"He skipped school because he had heard the night before that she was going to hurt him," he said.
Two students, however, came forward and told Denise Scott, the school's resource deputy, about the knife.
TenBieg said he spoke with the girl, who told him she had put the weapon in a trash can, where it was later found.
The girl "likely will not return," TenBieg said. Her status with the county school system will be determined by the School Board.
TenBieg and deputies credited Scott and the students who reported the knife.
"We're fortunate that these two girls, when they saw what they did, came forward and gave information," Troiano said. "They trust (Scott) enough to come to her."
The county's student code prohibits students from bringing weapons or anything that can be used as a weapon to school, TenBieg said.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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