A 17-year-old student was arrested today at Smith-Cotton High School after allegedly threatening a school administrator with a knife, according to Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond.
The incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. in a hallway at the high school. Bond said a school administrator was taking some disciplinary action against the student, who has not been identified. School security officers, including the Pettis County Sheriff’s school resource officer, responded to the scene and were forced to used a Taser on the student to subdue him. The administrator was not injured during the confrontation and the student was taken into custody.
School officials briefly put all of the school’s classrooms on lockdown, as most of the students were attending their second period classes. That lockdown was lifted after officers controlled the scene and students were able to proceed to their third period classes.
Sedlaia School District 200 released the following press release:
“Smith-Cotton High School briefly held students in classrooms at the end of second period this morning due to an incident with a student. Teachers initially were instructed to hold students in place until further notice, and after administration reassessed the situation classroom doors were locked. The incident was resolved quickly and no other students were involved or endangered at any point. Students then were released to move to their third-period classes.”
Bond said the student was taken to the Pettis County Jail and is being held on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, assault and resisting arrest. The identity of the student or the school administrator have not been released.
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