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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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