Two students charged with bringing knife to school

By Sam Wildow - Miami Valley Today

PIQUA — Two students were charged on Friday after they reportedly had a knife at school.

The two male juveniles, both 16, were each charged with fifth-degree felony illegal conveyance of a deadly weapon on Friday.

Piqua City Schools Superintendent Dwayne Thompson said that a student brought a knife to school and gave it to another student.

“He didn’t open it. He didn’t threaten (anyone),” Thompson said.

The incident was reported at approximately noon on Friday. According to the Piqua Police Department, one of the students brought the knife, described as a folding pocket knife, to Piqua High School for another student, who was found carrying it. Deputy Chief Jason Preston of the Piqua Police Department said that the student never brandished the knife, but a witness reported seeing the boys with the knife.

Thompson said it was reported to a physical education teacher, who reported it administrators.

Thompson said that in incidents where students bring a weapon to school, the policy of the Piqua board of education is that the students are automatically suspended for 10 days with a recommendation for expulsion. The students will undergo expulsion hearings, prior to which the school will investigate the intent of the students. The parents of the students can be involved in that process as well, Thompson said.

When asked about notifying other students’ parents in instances where students bring weapons to school, Thompson said that if there was a threat to other students, the district would notify parents. The school determined there was no threat to other students in this incident.

By Sam Wildow

Miami Valley Today

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