REPORT: Student Brought Knives To School For Protection

A sixth grader told school officials he brought two knives to school because he was scared of dogs in his neighborhood.

That Pactolus Elementary School student is now facing juvenile charges as well as school discipline.

Authorities say a student told the principal she thought she saw a knife in the child's book bag Friday morning. After a search they found two steak knives.

Pitt County Schools spokeswoman Heather Mayo says after talking to the student they do not believe he intended any harm at school.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office filed a juvenile petition charging the boy with misdemeanor bringing a weapon onto school grounds.


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  • by terry on Nov 30, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    does anyone know if this kid's case went through Teen Court?
  • by SAD Location: Greenville on Oct 19, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    It is very sad that this child will pay the price for doing this. He/she may not have meant anything by it. If this child was scared of the dogs it should have been reported to the parents. Either way when he got on the bus, he could have dropped the knives on the ground. This will go back to the parents most likely.
  • by SOUTHERN GAL Location: WASHINGTON NC on Oct 19, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    YEEE HAAAW, I GUESS THAT SHUT THAT OLE' YANKEE GAL UP! YOU GO US-FIRST!
  • by diane Location: NC on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:59 PM
    The great state of NC has so many highly intelligent people. Poison a dog with antifreeze and let it die a torturous death rather than report it to someone and get help. Where were the child's parents in protecting him from the dog? For a child to try and protect himself from a violent dog with a knife would just lead to more danger for the child when he took an aggressive stance. Schools do need to consider situations on an individual basis but the fact remains that many times a weapon at school leads to a bad situation. Southerners think "Yankees" are stupid but look at the spelling, grammar, and stupid ideas in just this one forum.
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      by US-First on Oct 19, 2011 at 06:40 AM in reply to diane
      Tell us what you really think of the south Diane. After reading your post, I think the only point was that you were offended in the past by a derogatory use of the word Yankee. I will tell you that until this last decade, knives at school and rifles in pickups were simply part of the southern culture. Not for violence against fellow students but for hunting and widdling or as in the 80s the famous MacGyver Swiss army knife. 1000 uses in one compact tool. The envy of every school boy now band. Enlightened Yankees migrate south, find prominent positions in government and start destroying a largely innocent southern culture because of their lack of comprehension despite their often touted respect and tolerance of different cultures. I have always found, particularly in liberals, the strange absence of respect for home grown cultural diversity in favor of blind acquiescence toward anything international.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Oct 18, 2011 at 08:38 PM
    This is why every case should be looked at seperately and not have a system where extinuating circumstances are not looked at.
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Oct 18, 2011 at 07:11 PM
    I have a friend who would bring his pocket knife to school everyday and it had at least a 3in blade. There were some days I would forget mine was in my pocket and have it with me the whole day. I really don't see why its a big deal. 99% of the people who bring a knife to school never have the intention of harming someone. Until a person harms another student or teacher I don't think we should be throwing the book at them. Clearly this kid just wanted something to protect himself with and as someone whose been attacked by a dog I can understand why.
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      by the operative word.. on Oct 18, 2011 at 07:41 PM in reply to Anonymous
      'until a person harms another student or teacher..' REALLY? what if that 'another student' is YOUR kid? lets just wait till the kids actually USE the weapons on someone THEN do something about it? um no, sorry, kids already HAVE used weapons in school, and thats why things are the way they are today. its unfortunate, but true. we cant risk everyones life on assuming that kids brought weapons to school without malicious intentions. that makes no sense. you say '99% of the people who bring a knife to school never have the intention of harming someone.' so that means that you yourself understand that theres always a chance of that ONE percent. people teach kids responsibility and dont let them 'forget' that they have dangerous weapons in their bags--even the kids who bring them are at risk of them getting into the wrong hands.
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        by US-First on Oct 19, 2011 at 06:48 AM in reply to the operative word..
        The problem is that so many things can be used as weapons. Its not the weapon that needs to be removed from the school. Its the obvious to everyone with brain human element we allow to attend school knowing full well its a social experiment in futility. We should have more tolerance for weapons and less tolerance for violence. As it stands not we have more tolerance for violent offenders and somehow think policies that removing potential weapons from their environment is going to change the behavior. True perhaps collateral damage is limited but it is still not directly addressing the problem.
  • by laura Location: greenville on Oct 18, 2011 at 06:26 PM
    This is heartbreaking. The idiots that allow their muts to run around unleashed need to be arrested. It's a shame when kids can't even walk to school without being terrorized by nuisance dogs.
  • by Donald on Oct 18, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    I hope someday we can return to being Men, and not wimps in this country.
  • by So Sad Location: Greenville on Oct 18, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    I think this is just sad. I honestly don't know what to say in a case like this. This little guy was fearful for his life and rightfully so. Kids that live in neighborhoods that have dogs, really don't know what to expect. I used to live in a neighborhood where I knew there were dogs and was too scared to walk for exercise. Even when I heard them barking late at night, it gave me a scare because I couldn't see them in the dark and didn't know whether or not they had gotten out of their pin. Now if I'm scared imagine the horror of a 6th grader. Not only that, the bus stops are getting farther and farther away from people's homes so these kids have to walk a good distance just to catch the bus. I'm grateful that my son sees my daughter to the bus stop each morning, because I do have to be to work before she leaves for school. Something really needs to be done to help these children feel safer at these bus stops.
  • by Reco Location: Grimesland on Oct 18, 2011 at 02:39 PM
    Oh well guess the little boy did what the had to, so now the county has to teach him at home,I do wish the schools would have a better semi court and now just have one set of rules. By the way when I was little this dog use to get after us going to school on our bikes so we got some heavy fishing string and a lot of treble hooks and I'll tell you that dog didn't ever chase another bike.
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      by laura on Oct 18, 2011 at 06:29 PM in reply to Reco
      Great idea, except now you'd be arrested for animal cruelty and have to go to court. And when I was young, folks had Labs, Retrievers, Beagles...now it seems like everyone wants pit bulls. There's a big difference.
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      by nice on Oct 18, 2011 at 07:47 PM in reply to Reco
      the kid didnt do what he had to. whats he going to do with steak knives against DOGS? steak knives arent going to be quick in stopping dogs. he should have told someone who could do something about it. if my kid was in that predicament id make sure he had a ride to school instead of walked. its irresponsible to allow a kid to get by with bringing weapons to school for whatever reason. if i was found with knives in my bag, id come up with good reasons for having them too! one set of rules and a no tolerance policy for weapons is perfect for our schools, you parents just make sure your kids dont have anything in their possession that they shouldnt, before they go to school.
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