8th grader brings shank to school

An eighth-grade boy at Orchard Farm Middle School was suspended and taken into police custody after allegedly bringing a weapon to school.

On Wednesday morning, the boy allegedly entered class with a “shank,” or homemade knife, in his bookbag, said Lt. Craig McGuire of the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department. The shank consisted of a 1.5-inch sewing needle taped to the tip of a retractable Sharpie-style marker, McGuire said. A teacher seized the shank after it fell out of the boy’s bookbag.

The boy never attempted to display the knife or use it in a rude or threatening manner, McGuire said. No one was injured, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded at 9:30 a.m. and took the boy into custody. They later released him to a relative and forwarded the case to juvenile authorities, McGuire said.

On Thursday, Superintendent Dan Dozier said the boy was suspended pending a review meeting with his parents. The superintendent has the ability to suspend a student up to 180 days, he said.


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