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LCS weapons policy involved student with a pocket knife

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Le Mars Community School officials Wednesday (Oct. 24) confirmed a violation of the district's weapons policy at the middle school during the school day Tuesday.

Details about the incident are not being released due to confidentiality requirements of student records, according to Dr. Todd Wendt, Le Mars Community School superintendent.

Wendt confirmed there was an incident Tuesday at the middle school involving a weapon.

School officials did not name the student for the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.

The weapon was a pocket knife with a blade of less than 3 inches, according to Wendt.

The student was not charged by police, said Stuart Dekkenga, Le Mars Police Chief.

The pocket knife was not used in a threatening manner toward other students or staff to the best of school officials' knowledge, according to the superintendent.

"A student was found to be in possession of what falls underneath the definition of weapons in our policy," Wendt said. "At no time was there a threat to students or staff."

When the administration heard about the incident, it was dealt with, according to district policies and procedures, Wendt said.

Asked if the student was in class today (Wednesday), Wendt said, "The incident is being handled according to our policies and procedures."

He said as of Wednesday morning, there was not a concern about student safety involving the incident at the middle school.

Wendt also said the district is "taking the situation seriously as student and staff safety is of utmost importance."

Le Mars Police were at the school Tuesday as part of the policies and procedures of the district, Wendt said.