2nd-grader brings knife to school

A student at the West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics has been suspended for bringing a knife to school.
Becky Vargo
Feb 13, 2013


Academy Director Travis Thomsen said parents and students were not notified of the incident.

“We didn’t feel like we needed to draw attention to it because it was a non-threatening situation,” he said.

Thomsen said the Ferrysburg charter school's policy for this type of situation is to contact police.

Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police were called to the school shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after a teacher discovered the second-grader had the knife, Thomsen said.

“It wasn’t large enough to fall under state-mandated suspension and expulsion rules for dangerous weapons,” Thomsen said.

Those rules require the blade to be more than 3-inches long.

The knife the boy brought to school is a Cabela's multi-tool, with a blade less than 2-inches long, said Lori Spelde of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department.

“It was not long enough for it to be considered a weapon,” she said.

More details on this story will be in Thursday's Tribune.


Say No To Tourist's

C'mon Trib. We need the edit button back.....Even my word program is lacking common sense...ugh


after reading everyone,s comments, i thought, its not the knife issue were talking about, its a message from the school district, you break a rule, your going to pay the price

Say No To Tourist's

Except for this. “It wasn’t large enough to fall under state-mandated suspension and expulsion rules for dangerous weapons,” Thomsen said.


There are many different items found in a household or school that could be construed as a weapon besides a Cabella's Multi Tool. Many of those items may be in your child's backpack or lunchbag right now. Things such as pencils, pens, scissors, silverware, compass, protractor, ruler, paper clips, house key, nail file. None of these items are sold as weapons, or intended to be used as weapons, but could be used as weapons. A criminal in Florida recently used a pair of eyeglass frames as a weapon to inflict multiple stab wounds on a police officer. Are kids going to be required to wear contact lenses in school instead of eyeglasses? My point is, many common items could be used as a weapon when in a child's possession. I've not read anything to suggest this child intended to use his Multi Tool in a harmful way, and read nothing suggesting it violated school policies to have it on his person at school. Let's focus on important security measures like keeping school entrance doors locked and confiscating a kitchen or hunting knife, not getting bogged down on less important issues like this one.


Stainless steel construction with an assortment of attached tools that includes flat-nose pliers, wire stripper, knife, Phillips and flat-head screwdrivers, saw, bottle opener and scissors. Nylon sheath included.
what a great deal at 5.99. im getting my son one of these. open me up a soda son and whittle me up a hot dog stick while your at it.


Really you dorks dont you have better things to do... Dad of child shoud sue the school and the cops...


This story has now made into Randy Cassinghams "This is True" web site. Wow...now the whole world can laugh at the idiocy of THIS case of Zero Tolerance.



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