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Pot Spring student allegedly threatened peers with knife over classroom noise

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A six-year-old student brought a three-inch paring knife to Pot Spring Elementary in Timonium Thursday and threatened two fellow students with it, according to a Baltimore County Police report.

Cpl. Cathy Batton, a spokeswoman for Baltimore County Police, said Tuesday that a volunteer at the school informed the principal Thursday afternoon that she was approached by a student who said a classmate had a knife.

According to Batton, the principal, Jane Martin, told responding officers "that the suspect had showed the knife and threatened two other students because they were being too loud in class."

In a letter sent home to parents Monday, Martin said the school received information that “a student was in possession of a weapon."

“Working with Baltimore County Police, we located the student and took custody of the knife in the student’s possession,” Martin wrote. “Possession of such a knife is a serious offense and the school has taken appropriate disciplinary action.”

Batton said that because school was already out of session when the incident was reported, officers had to go to the students' homes to investigate.

The student will not be charged because "Maryland law requires someone to be at least seven years old before they can be criminally responsible for their actions," Batton said.

Baltimore County Public Schools could not provide additional information or comment on the situation Monday.

In the letter to parents, Martin stressed the community's role in keeping the school and its children safe.

“As with this case, it is important for all of us—students and parents alike—to inform school staff or police any time you or your child sees, hears, or reads anything that is suspicious or that may pose a threat to the school or its students,” Martin wrote. “We all have a role to play in ensuring that our school remains a safe and secure learning environment for our children.”

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