Elementary school students disciplined for bringing knife, box cutter to school

CONYERS — Two elementary students are facing disciplinary action this week for bringing dangerous items to school.

On Monday, a fourth-grade student at Heard-Mixon Elementary School in Newton County was found with a knife on the school bus.

According to Newton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Felicia Jefferson, the students had been dismissed from school and were on the school bus, but the bus had not yet left the school campus.

“Another student saw the knife in the boy’s possession and she told the bus driver,” Jefferson said.

The bus driver removed the 9-year-old from the bus, and he was been suspended from school.

“The student was disciplined according to rules in the student handbook,” said Sherri Davis-Viniard, public relations director for the Newton County School System. “It’s important that parents are aware of what items their students are taking to school on a daily basis. We encourage them to review the handbook with students so everyone knows not only what can and cannot be brought to school but also the consequences for a rule violation.”

Davis-Viniard added that students are provided printed copies of the student handbook and there are electronic versions of all school handbooks posted on the school district’s website, www.newtoncountyschools.org.

In Rockdale County, a 10-year-old student at C. J. Hicks Elementary School is also facing disciplinary action after he brought a box cutter to school in his book bag, according to an incident report from the Conyers Police Department.

The student had apparently taken the box cutter out in class and was showing it to other students.

The child was removed from the class to talk to the principal and a school counselor.

According to the incident report, the student said he found the box cutter in his mother’s car several days earlier.

“(He) stated that he was not sure why he brought the box cutter to school. He stated that he did not want to hurt anyone,” the report states.

The child reportedly told the police officer that another classmate had begun picking on him a week earlier.

Cindy Ball, executive director of Information and Community Relations for Rockdale County Public Schools, said that the RCPS Discipline Code of Conduct specifies that students may not bring any kind of dangerous object to school.

“We ask that all parents talk with their children about the seriousness of bringing these items on campus,” she said. “We also recommend parents often check their child’s backpack to ensure nothing used at home unintentionally comes to school, for their safety and the safety of others.”