A former student of Wakefield High entered the school with a knife this week.
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A former Wakefield High School student was arrested Monday morning after bringing a knife onto campus and into the media center, Principal Malik Bazzell said in a release posted on Twitter.
According to Bazzell, all students are safe and no one was injured in the incident, which occurred before school began.
The former student came onto campus, entered the media center and then displayed a knife, Bazzell said. School administrators and the Wakefield School Resource Officer responded and the former student then gave them the knife.
The former student was immediately taken out of the media center and transported to the hospital for medical evaluation, Raleigh police said.
Bazzell said the school “will continue to take every measure to ensure the safety of our students.”
Police said the former student has not been charged at this time.
The WNCN article states the former student was arrested but police did not press charges at the time. No corresponding arrest or charges are currently pending via Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI).
As the article states, parents and the community found out via Twitter. Here is the Tweet:
Attention Parents: Message from Principal Malik Bazzell regarding an incident this morning before school. pic.twitter.com/GfGdWGvl9E
— Wakefield HS (@WakefieldHS) September 19, 2016
As previously reported, school crime is up across the state according to the NC Department of Public Instruction’s Discipline report for 2013-14.
Reported acts of NC school crime up 2.1%, short-term suspensions up 5.2%, long-term suspensions down -0.3%, expulsions up 13.5% #nced
— Keung Hui (@nckhui) March 3, 2016
The Department of Public Instruction’s report states that Wake county had 563 reportable acts for a crime rate of 12.77%. The report also states Wake county has 44, 095 students in grades 9-12.
In 2015, a school in Apex allowed a student back to the same school where they had threatened another student with a gun.
*This article has been updated.
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