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Student Charged With Bringing Knife To North Harford Middle

The 8th grade boy did not make any threats with the weapon, police say.

A 13-year-old boy was charged Friday after allegedly bringing a knife to North Harford High School where he is a student.

Two students told school administration that they saw a third student, who is in eigth grade, with a knife in school, said Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The student allegedly was found with a sheathed, six-inch survival style knife, Hopkins said.

Hopkins explained no one at the school was harmed and the student made no threat to himself or others.

The 13-year-old was charged as a juvenile with possession of a knife on school property and released to the custody of his father.

There had been no other arrests or weapon incidents in Harford County Public Schools as of 3 p.m. Friday, Hopkins said.

Schools were on alert Thursday and Friday based on circulating and unfounded rumors of violence in connection with the Mayan myth of the world ending Dec. 21. Harford County sheriff's deputies made extra patrols of county schools as a precaution Friday.

Cornelius December 23, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Bad parenting is to blame for a lot of these issues to include bringing prohibited tools to school, and keeping your children home from school after a professional bureaucrat in the school system informs parents/kids about false rumors that could have been about anything. Media hysteria at it's finest, combined with kids who can't think beyond their brain cells infused in those electronic gadgets they mindlessly clatter on. But hey, it's just my opinion.
Cornelius December 24, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Say it isn't so, News reporters are never wrong! You would think whoever typed this up would have realized the error, I guess no proof reading is done? Or is it the copy and paste is strong? I wonder which it is?
Patricia January 07, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I personally know the child and his parents. He is a great kid and his father is a wonderful person. Although he did not act accordingly to what he should have (bringing a knife into the school), the child has faced massive consequences for his actions upon him. With no pun intended of hurting himself or anyone else, there was alot of violence rumors going around after the school shooting and then the Mayan "world ending" that day, he was scared. I'm not stating that because he was scared makes it right, but in his little heart he felt a need to be protected that day due to fear not due to harming anyone else, and it doesn't make him a bad child or his parent a bad parent.
Patricia January 07, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I personally know the child and his parents. He is a great kid and his father is a wonderful person. Although he did not act accordingly to what he should have (bringing a knife into the school), the child has faced massive consequences for his actions upon him. With no pun intended of hurting himself or anyone else, there was alot of violence rumors going around after the school shooting and then the Mayan "world ending" that day, he was scared. I'm not stating that because he was scared makes it right, but in his little heart he felt a need to be protected that day due to fear not due to harming anyone else, and it doesn't make him a bad child or his parent a bad parent.
Robert January 08, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Robert As long as our kids are subjected to uncontrolled bullying and are vunerable to attack from outsiders, you can expect them to be concerned about their safety and can't blame them for wanting to protect themselves while at school - assuming that was what the knife was for. When we provide them with a secure and protected environment in our schools, there will be no need for these concerns by either the kids or their parents. Control the bullying and provide armed defense in the schools from outside attack and there will be no need for the kids to be afaraid. Politicians, courts, VIP's, and armored cars rate this kind of security, but our schools are wide open to these problems.

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