Knife incident gets Basalt teen suspended from school |

Knife incident gets Basalt teen suspended from school

Katie Redding
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado

BASALT ” A 13-year-old Basalt Middle School student has been suspended for allegedly brandishing a knife at male classmate, an authority said Friday.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred sometime before 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at the school playground, Basalt police officer Jeni Newcomb said.

The argument was preceded by name calling, Newcomb said. She said she had “no idea” what the boys were arguing about, but did say the alleged victim reported feeling unthreatened by the incident.

Although no adults observed the incident, several of the students present notified adults immediately, said Basalt Middle School Principal Jeremy Voss. The adults intervened immediately, he added.

“One thing I’d really like to stress is that the kids did the right thing,” he said. “I just really appreciate that about our students.”

According to Newcomb, the alleged perpetrator of the act had previously felt threatened at the school ” though not necessarily by the boy involved in this particular incident ” and had brought the knife to school in response to this perceived bullying, she said.

Newcomb said once she finishes the investigation, she will hand the information over to the district attorney, who will decide if charges need to be filed in the incident.

Newcomb confirmed that Basalt Middle School has a no-knife policy ” however, staff have no way of determining whether a student has a knife other than seeing it in plain view.

Newcomb did not recall an incident of knife brandishing at the school in recent memory. She said there had been incidents in which students forgot the rule and came to school with a knife in their pocket.

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