Police: Knife at school was to scare bullies

HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- An 11-year-old student was sent home to parents after police reports say he brought an 8-inch knife to class to scare a group of bullies, a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report released Thursday said.

An assistant principal at Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts called police around 10 a.m. Wednesday after a teacher alerted her about the knife, the report said. The student, whose name was not released, turned over the knife to the assistant principal when asked, the report said.

The student told deputies that he didn't intend to use the knife, but only wanted to show it to a group of students who were picking on him and scare them into stopping, the report said. The student said the bullying had stopped but recently started again.

Principal Gretchen Keefner said she was pleased the situation was addressed promptly and thoroughly by students and staff. She declined comment on the student's punishment, citing confidentiality.

The student was released into his parents' custody and will face a charge of carrying a weapon on school property in Family Court, the report said.

-- The (Hilton Head) Island Packet