The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 24, 2013

District: Tip led to boy with knife

David Hurst

ROCKWOOD — Rockwood Area School District officials said an anonymous tip led them to a teen student found in possession of a knife last week.

Someone spotted the knife on the junior/senior high campus Jan. 15, officials said.

No threats were made by the student, who police identified as a 14-year-old boy.

Nevertheless, Superintendent Mark Bower said, the matter was taken seriously.

The knife had a 3-inch blade and was similar to a Buck knife, he said.

“The principal alerted me, and we alerted the school board and state police as soon as we found out,” Bower said.

Citing privacy laws, Bower said he could not discuss further details but said the matter is being handled according to state procedure. In such cases, state law requires that districts automatically suspend a student for 10 days and hold a hearing to consider expulsion, although districts have some leeway on the hearing, depending on circumstances involved, Bower noted.

State police in Somerset said the teen faces weapon possession charges and the matter will be handled in juvenile court.

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