East Middle pupil charged with assault CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

December 18, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

A 13-year-old middle school student was arrested and charged by Westminster police after he allegedly threatened his teacher with a hammer Dec. 11, according to court records obtained yesterday.

The youth, a seventh-grade student at East Middle School, disrupted his class during one of the afternoon sessions and was reprimanded by a substitute teacher, according to records filed in District Court.

The student then stood, threatened to punch the instructor and took a swing at him, but missed, court records said.

The teacher took the student out of the classroom and into another room. There, court records said, the youth reached into his book bag, pulled out a hammer and again threatened to hit the teacher.

After holding the hammer over the teacher's head for several seconds, the 13-year-old returned the hammer to his book bag. No one was injured, the court records said.

School officials say they confiscated the hammer and called police. The youth was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon on school property. He will be tried in Juvenile Court, officials said.

Don Reck, principal of East Middle School, and Edwin Davis, director of pupil services in the county school system, would not discuss the incident in detail.

The teacher's name was not given in court records and school officials declined to identify him. But they said school board policy in cases involving deadly weapons calls for a suspension of the student for up to five days by the principal.

The student's name was not released because of his age.

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