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Law enforcement sheds light on knife assault at Lincoln Charter Middle

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office recently released information about a teen accused of using a knife to assault a fellow student at an area school.

The incident took place last month at Lincoln Charter School’s Lincolnton campus, located at 133 Eagle Nest Road, an agency report said.

On Dec. 16, a 13-year-old male student brought the box-cutter style weapon to school, using it to scratch another 13-year-old male student’s back during an argument over toys, deputies said.

Officers didn’t respond to the campus until the following day, the report said.

While no serious injuries occurred in the incident, and crews with Emergency Medical Services were not called to the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said, the student with the knife was expelled.

School officials, who neither confirmed nor denied the assault occurred, said they always notify the parents of any student who has violated the school’s code of conduct.

Depending on the nature of the incident, school officials will also contact law enforcement, making sure to not reveal to the public any information that could identify a student.

“Details of an incident or corresponding discipline in school are considered confidential information as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act,” Rachel Greer, principal of the Lincolnton campus, said in a statement she emailed to the Lincoln Times-News on Tuesday.

“We take any violation of our code of conduct seriously and ensure that steps are taken to appropriately respond to various situations that occur in school.”

A Lincoln County juvenile court counselor was also notified of the case to determine if any further action needed to be taken, deputies said.

 

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