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9-year-old Chesterfield girl charged with bringing knife to school

Posted at 1:43 PM, Apr 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-15 00:32:09-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A nine-year-old girl was charged with possession of a weapon on school property after she was caught with a knife at Matoaca Elementary School on Monday.

"The student did not display the knife or threaten anyone with it. No one was injured," a Chesterfield Police spokeswoman said.

The folding knife was not taken out of its box, police added.

"We take seriously our responsibility to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from distraction and disruption," Chesterfield Schools spokesman  Tim Bullis said in a statement. Bullis added he was limited in what he could say given federal privacy laws. "Students who violate student conduct regulations are subject to suspension and/or expulsion, and, if the offense is a violation of the law, to prosecution."

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