Arundel Middle Student Cited After Knife Threats

Police said a 12-year-old boy used a 3-inch knife to threaten two other students during class on Tuesday.

A student at Arundel Middle School was issued a juvenile citation after police said he threatened two classmates with a knife Tuesday during school hours. 

Anne Arundel County police said that at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the school resource officer learned that other students had witnessed one boy carrying a knife. 

The officer investigated and learned that a 12-year-old boy had threatened another 12-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl in separate incidents earlier in the day. 

Police later found a 3-inch folding knife inside the boy's locker.

The boy was given a citation for one count of possession of a dangerous weapon on school property and two counts of threatening students. He was released to his parents. 

In an interview with Patch, the mother of the male student who was allegedly threatened conveyed that the other boy pointed the knife at her son's stomach and demanded some money. She said her son did not initially report the incident because he was unsure if the other boy was joking, but eventually did report it at the urging of other students. 

"I reassured him that he did the right thing," said the mother, who declined to give her name in order to protect her son's identity. "I told him that I thought he was a hero for reporting it. He prevented him from doing something else."

The mother said her son was not hurt, but was shaken up by the incident and also faced some teasing Wednesday from other students who were upset that he reported it. 

"He was a mess [Wednesday] when he came home from school because of it," she said. 

In a letter to parents, Arundel Middle School Principal Yolanda Clark commended students for reporting the incident.

"In addition to any charges from police, I assure you that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken with regard to any student who is found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct," she wrote. 

Anne Arundel County Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said discipline will be determined at the end of the investigation into the incident. He said there was no specific timeline for when discipline would be handed down. 

Andre February 07, 2013 at 08:54 PM
What is the citation going to do next time this child or another child comes to school with a knife and actually follows through? I don't understand why there aren't steeper penalties. Honestly, as times change, so do people. Kids nowadays that are 8 or 9 are doing the things that we used to hear 16 or 17 year olds doing. Laws must change bc these young kids are open to alot more that I was growing up. Pretty Scary.
elizabeth elliott February 08, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Ditto Andre..a citation does NOTHING! Been there many times with 2 sons...this boy will be back in (maybe another) school in no time to terrorize other kids...Maryland does NOTHING to help..the laws must change to empower the parents..police and courts to stop this behavior before it gets worse.
Chris W February 08, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Sarcasm on: No no no. We just need to give this troubled kid the right incentives. They should provide a reward system for him so he gets positive reinforcement when he leaves the knife at home. Modern psychology can fix everything. /sarcasm
Roland February 08, 2013 at 12:26 PM
No i was there when this happend and all i have to say is let kids be kids. Now this was out of line but just because of this little thing doesnt mean anything has to change. Punish kids as you normally do. Don't you guys remember when you were kids? You wouldnt want to go to jail just for a little thing like this. And we dont either. Some parents think otherwise but this kid was our freind and he made a mistake THATS IT.
patty kelly February 08, 2013 at 12:30 PM
it going to agian in high school
Parentof3 February 08, 2013 at 12:35 PM
He mistakenly brought a knife to school? He mistakenly threatened two students with it? Sorry, kid, but in the real world, people are punished for these kinds of 'mistakes'. You need to find better friends - preferably ones who don't think it's cool to threaten kids with knives.
Maureen February 08, 2013 at 12:39 PM
The last kid who did this got a slap on the wrist and is back at school so don't believe that this student will be dealt with any differently. Sad that the one who did the right thing by telling is the one who "was a mess" Wednesday after school because of the torment from the other students for doing the right thing.
Brian C. February 08, 2013 at 12:53 PM
What steeper penalties would you like to happen?
Andre February 08, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Brian: Not quite sure. Honestly don't think much of anything can be done. You can't jail kids unless this type of things happened more than once. But I don't think anyone can disagree with me that kids are growing up much faster that we did. Then again, maybe I am the one that's naive and thinks when a system isn't working, something needs to change. Could be me?!?!
Andre February 08, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Really Roland? This is not a big deal? Kids being kids, in my opinion is to allow them to play sports, run around having fun, learning, etc etc etc....Kids being kids does NOT mean bringing a knife to school. I think this is where we differ.
Brian C. February 08, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Maybe start holding the legal guardian responsible for their children's actions. This maybe kind of radical but it may help. The issue starts at home in my opinion.
Andre February 08, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Brian, Couldn't have said it better myself. It all starts with the home. Not allowing the child to go to school for a couple weeks will inconvenience the parent, so maybe a suspension is due here for both parties to feel it. That being said, sometimes, the child is just 'bad' and may enjoy staying home suspended. Sometimes, no matter the involvement of the parents, it doesn't work.
Shelly briscoe February 08, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Didn't a young man (15) just die in front of McDonald s in Baltimore on Tuesday from being stabbed? Expulsion for the rest of the year is warranted. Kids need consequences we are teaching them nothing by condoning this behavior
em February 08, 2013 at 04:33 PM
When I was growing up, this was not an issue and this was not a long time ago. I just graduated from Arundel High two years ago. I can tell you for a fact that if the rules were steeper, they would be followed more and respected more. Life does not always give you second chances when you consciously decide to hurt the people around you. You go to a different school and you better learn your lesson. Next time, it could be jail for the rest of your life. That is your second chance, you should not have a second chance at the same school to hurt the people who reported you for your true wrongdoing. If anyone is defending that boy, you are naive. He will just learn that there is no serious punishment for his wrongdoing. I hope that the school board takes all this into account and steps up on this. The incidents at younger ages have been increasing too dramatically for nothing to be done. Everyone should be held to the same standards. If you were to bring a knife to work and threaten them, you would have to go to court and might end up in jail or doing community service - this child's punishment should be no different, despite the fact that he is only 12. We cannot continue to defend children with their age when they try and make decisions like adults. If you want to act like one, take full responsibility. It is time to stop babying our children, nurturing is one thing, but treating them like they are not capable of horrible acts or of being great, responsible kids stunts them.
em February 08, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Keep in mind, there are children who act out regardless of them having great parents who nurture and raise them to the best of their abilities. Why punish a parent who has done all they can to raise their child as a good citizen? If the parents are actually taking care of their child and their child is just growing up to be a narcissist - what do you expect the parents to do? The only thing I can think of is seeking professional help from a psychiatrist/psychologist or something.
Brian C. February 08, 2013 at 04:48 PM
@em I understand exactly what you are saying but......humans are trainable and it is up to the parent to train their children. Humans also have free will. If that child seeks to act out in a deviant way then professional help needs to be sought. In the end though, it still falls back on the guardian to train or get help training the child.
Brian C. February 08, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Great wisdom from a young mind, EM . I wish some of us older folks could/would think like this. :-)
U2 Fan February 08, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Bring back corporal punishment
Diane in Odenton February 08, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Bravo em, so true. You are wise beyond your years.
Arundel Middle Student February 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Alright. As a student at Arundel Middle and someone that knows this kid and was around when this happened...he was JOKING. I realize that bringing a knife to school deserves a very high form of punishment in itself, but I am disappointed in this article's failure to mention that it was intended as a jest (it only said that the other kid was UNSURE if it was a jest or not, but it did not mention how it was later discovered to be intended as one). This kid wasn't going to actually stab anyone. He was just an idiot trying to look cool with a knife. He did not intend the other boy any harm, or else he would have just harmed the kid right then and there when no money was handed over. Come on, now. Idiots do idiotic things. But, he was JOKING. JOKING. He is not the next mass murderer, he is not the next watch-at-all-times juvenile dilinquent, and he did not intend to hurt anyone. He was just an idiot trying to be cool.
Arundel Middle Student February 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Don't get me wrong - that does not mean that I am defending him. He deserved to be punished for bringing the knife and threatening someone. But, I am also tired of people acting like he's a would-be murderer. Because, he's not.
Arundel Middle Student February 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM
And, Maureen, I just wanted to add...the reason the other boy was a mess was because he was viewed as a snitch or a wimp for his failure to realize that no harm was actually intended to him. I do not look down on the boy for reporting this, he did the right thing, but he still should have definitely mentioned (or someone else should have directly told him, so that he could have at least known) that it was a jest and he was not meant to be hurt in any way.
Andre February 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM
@Arundel Middle Student: Doesn't matter. There are better ways to provide jokes that bringing a knife to school. Your thought process baffles me. Why do you think this is ok? Bc it WAS a joke? There is a NO tolerance policy in schools for weapons. While I understand he is a kid, there is no place for this. By setting an example, when no one actually got hurt, shows the kids that they will be punished for their actions....Regardless of outcome. You mention he's an idiot.....Well, I'm sure if he doesn't get a punishment, he will be able to look at this and say, I did it once, I can do it again...BC it was a joke. Silly argument.
Andre February 13, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Being viewed as a "snitch" these days is frowned upon. This ideology the just plain dumb. Listen, if my kid gets a knife pulled on him, joke or no joke, that is a threat....If he gets a hot dog pulled on him, now thats a joke. Jokes are meant to be funny, not threatening. Period. This child is clearly wrong. Please help me understand your view a little better, bc I just don't get it. I don't mean to be aggressive, but it seems like you are defending his actions, while mentioning you dont agree with him. In addition, I dont think we are saying he is going to grow up to become a murderer,......We are just saying that these incidents are not welcome.
Roland February 20, 2013 at 09:52 PM


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