15-Year-Old Student Charged With Bringing Knife To School

City Police charged the young man, who was not identified because of his age, on Thursday morning.

Groton City Police charged a 15-year-old student Thursday after he brought a knife to the Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut.

The young man, who was not identified because of his age, was charged at 10:26 a.m. with possession of a dangerous instrument.

“It was juvenile who brought a knife to school and another student mentioned it to one of the school staff, and they searched his backpack and found it,” Groton City Police Chief Thomas Davoren said.

He added: “There was no indication of any threat to anyone at the school.”

Principal Nicholas Spera said no one was targeted and it was an isolated possession of an item. "We can't discuss student discipline, however, we are always making sure that all students are safe," he said.

The young man’s guardian responded to the school and were issued a summons. The boy's court date was unavailable.

Dannyboy January 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM
What law did he break? I understand that there is a heightened sense of awareness but to arrest a 15 year old for having a small pocket knife is a bit silly. He broke a school rule give him a detention but to send him to court on an arrest is a bit much. I think that sharpened pencils would do more damage than a small pocket knife. Just a thought.
Dannyboy January 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I understand the need for heightened awareness but to make an arrest. a law has to be broken (Juvenile or adult). A pocket knife in a back pack is not an crime in any way, shape or form. An over reaction indeed. A school rule broken means detention or maybe suspension but a pocket knife is not considered a dangerous instrument in any law books. Sharpened pencils are more dangerous. Are they gonna arrest all the kids that have sharpened pencils next? Mayberry RFD??


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