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2nd-grader brings knife to school

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

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.

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