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Oconee County Elementary School student charged with having knife on campus


By Joe Johnson

A 9-year-old girl was criminally charged Monday for bringing a knife to Oconee County Elementary School.

School officials learned about the prohibited item when other students told about the girl having showed the pocket knife to them, according to Sheriff James Hale.

“We were quickly notified and arrived on campus within minutes to conduct an investigation,” he said. “The student was promptly removed from campus, and at no time was any student in danger.”

According to the sheriff, the girl never threatened anyone with the knife.

The state Department of Juvenile Justice was notified Hale, said, and a complaint charging the student with possession of a weapon in a school safety was filed in Juvenile Court.

The girl was released to a legal guardian, the sheriff said.

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Absolutely ridiculous to charge that kid criminally.

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Paul Bunce
Paul Bunce
May 02, 2023

When I was a kid, 70 years ago, lots of us carried knives. It was a Scout thing. And we didn't use them on people.

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