Teen Found With Knife at School

A 13-year-old boy has been booked into the Douglas County Youth Center for being in possession of a pocket knife at a metro school.

The incident happened at Westside Middle School on Monday. He reportedly had a knife with a three-inch blade.

County Attorney Don Kleine says it all stemmed from a school fight. Administrators say two student witnesses did the right thing and alerted staff immediately.

Westside spokesperson Peggy Rupprecht said, "We learned about this incident when several students reported the matter to school administrators."

According to Omaha Police reports obtained by WOWT 6 News Fact Finders, a 13-year-old student allegedly showed a knife to another teen, saying. “I'm going to stab you."

Kleine says the two fought before the knife was pulled.

After the two students overheard the 13-year-old making the alleged threats with the knife they immediately told staff and an investigation began. The suspect was located at a Taco Bell near 84th and Center. He surrendered the knife to authorities.

Investigators were able to view security video that showed the 13-year-old handling the knife in front of the victim. He is charged with use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and making terroristic threats.

Rupprecht said, “We take incidents like this very seriously. We can't specifically discuss this incident, but we are handling the matter according to our student code of conduct."

According to Westside Community Schools, handling a knife on or off school property can result in expulsion.

WOWT 6 News has also obtained a copy of a letter sent to parents at Westside Middle School from the principal. It reads, in part:

“Although we cannot share details of student discipline cases, we are dealing with this student according to our school's code of conduct. I want to assure you that matters of this nature are taken seriously. Please take this opportunity to remind your student to report any situation that makes them feel unsafe or uncomfortable."

We also spoke with the alleged victim's mother who said she's saddened that this is what can happen during school.

The 13-year-old suspect is due back in juvenile court on March 17th.


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