12-year-old charged with bringing knife to Johns Island middle school

12-year-old charged with bringing knife to Johns Island middle school

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have charged a 12-year-old student with bringing a knife to a Johns Island middle school.

Charleston police officials say the incident happened at Haut Gap Middle School.

On Wednesday afternoon, a school resource officer was called to the assistant principal's office in reference to a student possibly being in possession of a weapon. 

The assistant principal told the officer that he had received information from a teacher that several students were causing a loud disturbance in class. 

When the students were asked what happened, they told officials that a female student showed them a knife during breakfast. The officer and assistant principal then removed the student from class and conducted a search of the student. 

After the assistant principal found no knife on the student, she asked the student if she had brought a knife to which she replied,"Yes I did, because I was afraid of getting beat up by my ex-boyfriend. It's in my bookbag in my locker in my homeroom class."

The student was escorted to the classroom containing the locker and retrieved a bookbag that contained a 2 and 1/2 inch plastic, black handled kitchen knife, according to police. 

The student was charged with possession of a weapon on school campus and released to the custody of her aunt. 

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