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.

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