Charges laid after knife incident at Liverpool high school

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LIVERPOOL - 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 around 1 p.m. on April 8, 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 altercation.

Corporal Victor Whalen of the local RCMP detachment says a female student reasoned with the suspect and told him “you’re going to get in a lot of trouble.”  Corporal 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,” says Corporal 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,” says Smith.

The teen made a court appearance April 9.  He's been charged with possession of a weapon, uttering threats and possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking. The student will be back in court May 20.

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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