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Middle school student suspended for small knife
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A Snelson-Golden Middle School student brought a small knife to school on Nov. 20, according to a Hinesville Police Department report.
The student told administrators he had put the one and a half-inch Gerber knife in his duffel bag a week earlier and forgot about it, according to the report. The student claimed he used the short blade to cut tree branches when he walked through the woods.
School officials advised student’s parents he would be suspended for 10 days and a tribunal hearing would be scheduled.
“We take these incidents very seriously,” said Dr. Judy Scherer, Liberty County School superintendent. “Students need to be alert to what they carry.”
If a student violates school policy by bringing a weapon onto school grounds, Scherer said, school officials will contact law enforcement and the student’s parent or guardian. The student will go before the system’s tribunal for disciplinary action.
“We do this for the safety of our students,” she said.
The tribunal consists of two retired educators.
“They don’t have an allegiance to any particular school,” Scherer said.
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