BARBERTON: A resource officer at Barberton High School arrested a male student after another student alerted administrators that the boy had brought a knife to school Tuesday morning.
Superintendant Patti Cleary said two other male students knew about the knife but did not report anything to school officials.
She said she was unaware of the student’s intent with the weapon.
“Right now, I think that they are still trying to find that out,” Cleary said of the police investigation. “I don’t think that there was a faculty or student targeted.”
Cleary said students are “our best line of defense” in preventing a violent incident.
“We try to train our kids that if something is going on they need to notify us right away. So that did pay off for us,” she said.
Cleary would not provide any details about his age or grade level.
The district has two resource officers and both also work for the Barberton Police Department. The officer in the high school was notified by school officials, who notified Cleary at 9:30 a.m. that one student had been arrested.
Cleary said the school district would follow its code of conduct in disciplining all students involved, but she would not comment on any specific punishment.