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 teen knifeDanbury, CT – A 12-year-old student at Broadview Middle School is facing attempted murder charges after police say he brought a knife to school with the intent to kill some of his classmates.

At around 12:30 p.m. Monday, on the last day of the school year, a teacher asked to search the unidentified boy’s backpack. I’ve read a few articles, but some of the details surrounding the teacher’s decision to search this particular boy’s backpack are unclear.

One article says that the boy had threatened some classmates in gym class, while another states the teacher simply felt that something was “off” with the boy. Regardless, when the boy was asked to hand over his backpack, he ran inside a bathroom and threw the knife out a window. When police questioned him later, he told them where the knife was.

None of the articles I read detail anything else the boy told police, but they seem quite confident that the boy brought the knife with the sole intention of harming other classmates. This is refelected in the charges filed against the boy, as well a phone call made to parents by Superintendent Sal Pascarella who told parents the student brought a knife to school with the intent to harm people.

Pascarella also praised the staff at the school. “Our colleagues and staff acted swiftly and appropriately, putting their training and experience to work to diffuse a difficult situation,” he said. “Due to their actions, I can assure you that at all times your children were safe in our schools.”

He also singled out the teacher who realized something was wrong with the boy. “Teachers know the kids under their care,” he said. “And from everything we’ve read, it’s those who have connections with the children who can prevent and thwart occurrences, not security guards. And that’s what came to bear.” I underlined that part of his statement because I loved it.

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The boy is currently in a juvenile detention facility awaiting a court appearance on charges of weapons possession and criminal attempt to commit murder.

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  • Kelly Eklectusbird

    Cheers, teacher! You one of the good ones!

  • Well some people did say the boy was a real CUT UP 🙂

  • Gee

    I am a little confused as to why this is “attempted Murder” . I thought you had to actually assault a person to get attempted murder. Why is this not carrying a concealed weapon?

  • Texas Ranger

    I have to ask…was it courtesy, or does a teacher HAVE to ask to search a backpack, locker, or etc? I would think they could go to town searching if they feel a need…or have we given our 12 yr olds rights that took me to 18 to earn?

  • 12 year olds these days…

  • 12 year olds these days…

  • sugarpie

    Thank goodness for the thwarting efforts involved here.

  • itsknotme

    Sure, place blame on a kid who obviously can’t tame his cafeteria lunch with plastic spork alone.

  • Pyncky

    A Norman Bates in the making.

  • Buffettgirl

    WTF? Seriously? Why are all of these tweeners so angry and vengeful? When I was 12 I was worrying about trying to convince the nuns at my all girls school to let us have a dance with the closest all boys school (and our brother school). I wasn’t planning any murders… well, except the daily fantasy of offing my older brothers that is…

  • MaricelaAlvrz

    I’m glad the teacher was able to stop this little sh*t from hurting anyone

  • Heather4877

    I’m glad a teacher was alert to what was going on with her students. She may have saved some lives, including saving the suspect from doing something that his 12-year-old brain doesn’t (can’t physiologically) understand. I’m happy/sad about this one. I’m so tired of kids hurting and hurting others. I know it’s cause mine are around this age but it just sucks. Going to school is dangerous now, physically and/or emotionally.

    Sometimes I fucking hate our world.

  • techsupp0rt

    I’m going to have to hear a little bit more facts before I can take any sides in this case. How big was the knife? Did the kid have anything else troubling going on?

    I’m wondering because at the school I went to, carrying a knife was completely normal and commonplace for both staff and students. It just couldn’t be double edged, any sort of switchblade/butterfly, or a blade longer than 2.5 inches. Pocket knife, we all had one. That doens’t mean we were all there to hurt people though.

    Sorry, but ‘we think he was probably going to hurt people, so let’s just throw him in jail just in case’ thing is pretty much bullshit unless they have some sort of other proof or evidence that that’s what was happening. A gut feeling is not evidence. Someone possibly maybe having perhaps mentioned something to someone in passing, is also not evidence.

    They’re going to have to really get their ducks in a tight little row if they’re going to try to prove attempted murder.

  • Sounds like “authorities” justifying their own histrionics and hoplophobia, for self-congratulation and political grand-standing – on the back of a twelve-year-old. I hope the poor kid’s parents can afford a kick-ass lawyer.

  • Buffettgirl

    Good luck getting your kids acclimated to their new town/school! I moved around a lot between the ages of 11 & 16 so I know moving is always a bit scary. After a while I tried to look at it as a great way to meet new friends. I think your self-defense idea is a great one!

  • Ummmmm…hello afuckingain…attempted MURDER. Okay yeah. Bullshit

  • EveryVillainIsLemons

    Sounds like the school has a good teacher and the district a good superintendent.

  • Tenbux

    Okay.. if nobody was threatened during the incident, where the heck does the attempted murder charge come from?

  • mrs moonie

    My son saw a boy threatened with a knife by another boy on the school bus.
    The boy that was the victim never told anyone.
    My son didn’t tell any teachers but when he came home he told me what he saw.
    I called the school.
    The next day the school got the boy with the the knife and the victim in for questioning with the police.
    The victim then spoke up and told them what happened.
    The other boy was searched but there was no knife.
    After some pressure he told them he gave it to another boy to hold.
    They brought that boy in and found the knife in his backpack.
    Those two boys were expelled.
    Thank goodness no one was hurt, but it could’ve gone so much worse if my son hadn’t told me what happened.
    I always told him he could tell me anything! good or bad. Even if he thinks it would make me angry.
    I told him nothing he does would ever make me not love him and that he could trust me with anything. No matter what it is.
    Open communication is #1 with kids.
    Maybe this boy was being bullied?
    Maybe he felt he had to protect himself because he didn’t feel he had an adult he could talk to?
    I hope he got some help.
    This can’t be the whole story though.
    Attempted murder though?
    I didn’t see anywhere in the story that he’d attacked anyone. He ran & tossed the knife out a window.
    I hope he gets the help that he needs.