Palm Coast, FL – An 11-year-old student at Rymfire Elementary School is charged with the felony of Exhibiting a Weapon on School Property after another student told a teacher that the boy had a knife in his backpack.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said the 11-year-old brought the knife to school on Tuesday. FCSO was contacted by the school’s Assistant Principal after a teacher reported the possible victim’s information. That student told the teacher that the boy with the knife threatened him with physical harm. Several other students also told the teacher that the boy had the knife in his possession.
The Assistant Principal questioned the boy who allegedly had the knife who initially stated that he did not have a knife and he threw a white comb over the fence. While searching the wooded area along the fenceline, another teacher found a kitchen knife in the top of a bush.
The Assistant Principal and both teachers all completed written sworn statements. The boy with the knife was read his Miranda Rights with his mother present. The boy told officers that he did not have any intentions of using the 12.5 inch knife on anyone. The mother of the boy who said he was threatened does want to pursue criminal charges for assault.
“We are glad the students that knew about the knife on campus came forward and reported it to the teacher,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “We have a zero tolerance policy in Flagler County and bringing a weapon to school is in violation of that and you will be charged.”
The student with the knife was processed at the Flagler County Jail and released to his guardians as ordered by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.