Student charged after knife incident at Smith-Cotton High School

By Tim Epperson - [email protected]


By Tim Epperson

[email protected]


A 17-year-old student was arrested Monday morning at Smith-Cotton High School after allegedly threatening a school administrator with a knife, according to Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond.

At 9:31 a.m., deputies from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office responded to Smith-Cotton High School on a report of a disturbance involving a student with a knife in a hallway at the high school. Bond said a school administrator was taking some disciplinary action against the student.

A school resource deputy assigned to the school arrived on the scene, and found school administrative staff and a school security officer struggling with 17-year-old Timmie T. Chapman Jr., of Sedalia, on the floor in the school’s front lobby. Bond said Chapman continued to resist during arrest and the deputy deployed his Taser to subdue Chapman. Other deputies arrived shortly afterward and Chapman was transported to the Pettis County Jail. A lock-blade knife was recovered at the scene, which is believed to have been used by Chapman during the incident.

No injuries were reported.

According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office issued Monday evening, Pettis County Prosecuting Attorney Philip Sawyer filed state charges of unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest against Chapman. At press time, he was at the Pettis County Jail pending the posting of bond.

School officials briefly put all of the school’s classrooms on lockdown during the incident, as most of the students were attending their second period classes. That lockdown was lifted after deputies controlled the scene and students were able to proceed to their third period classes.

Sedalia School District 200 released the following press release shortly after the incident occurred:

“Smith-Cotton High School briefly held students in classrooms at the end of second period (Monday) 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.”

Tim Epperson can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1485.

Tim Epperson can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1485.

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