RCMP called after knife incident at Liverpool high school

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By Brittany W. Verge 
Queens County Advance - A disagreement between two high school students that saw one student pull a knife on another was quickly diffused after some quick thinking from a third student.

At about 1 p.m. on Tuesday, two male teens got into a disagreement during class at Liverpool Regional High School. One of the teens, a 17-year-old, revealed he had a knife during the disagreement.

Corporal Victor Whalen of the area's RCMP detachment says a female student reasoned with the suspect and told him, “you’re going to get in a lot of trouble.”   Whalen called the girl quick thinking.

“There was no risk to the school, given how quickly it was diffused in the classroom and then he went to the office on his own, escorted, but on his own,” said Whalen.

The young man handed over the knife and was escorted to the principal’s office.  From there he was taken into custody by the RCMP without incident. 

Trish Smith, a communications director for the South Shore Regional School Board, says there was no threat to the school but the RCMP were called as a precaution.

“The situation was dealt with without incident, everyone was really calm, and everyone was safe at the end of the day which is really our priority,” said Smith.

The teen remained in custody and a court appearance was set to take place on Wednesday.  Whalen says some of the charges being looked at include possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace as well as uttering threats.

The teen was not known to police.

Organizations: RCMP, Liverpool Regional High School, South Shore Regional School Board

Geographic location: Liverpool

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