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11-year-old student charged after turning pencil into weapon at school

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – Police charged an 11-year-old elementary school student with possession of a weapon on school property after they found a potentially dangerous pencil among his belongings.

A classmate reported the Reams Road Elementary School student to a school administrator Tuesday afternoon.

The mechanical pencil had been “modified for use as a weapon,” Chesterfield Police said in an email. “A short piece of metal was added to the tip of the mechanical pencil. It protruded out of the tip and had a sharp end. It wasn’t a projectile; it was to make a puncture-type weapon.”

No one was hurt in the incident. The student was released to his mother.

1 Comment

  • Jim

    The sharp piece of metal comes with the pencil. It is supposed to be used to clear obstructions in the lead holder. It is sharp on one end because it is stored stuck into the bottom of the eraser.

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