Rutland student suspended for knife at school

rmanley@macon.comSeptember 28, 2012 

A 17-year-old Rutland High School student was suspended for having a weapon at school after she dropped a pocket knife while changing classes Friday morning, officials said.

A teacher who saw the student drop the knife during the 8:30 a.m. class change retrieved the knife and escorted the student to the office, according to a news release from the Bibb County School District.

The student was suspended pending an evidentiary hearing. Campus police will consult with the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office on any further action against the student, the release stated.

Also, at about 11:30 a.m. Friday at the school, a teacher was slightly injured in an attempt to prevent two students from getting into an altercation, said school system spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley. The teacher sustained a small cut on the elbow, which required a Band-Aid, she said.

One of the students, whose name or age was not available late Friday afternoon, was charged with simple battery on a school employee and disruption of a public school, she said.

The two incidents at Rutland High capped off a week of problems in Bibb schools.

A 14-year-old at Hutchings Career Center student was charged Tuesday with possession of a weapon on school grounds after admitting when confronted by school officials that she had the weapon in her book bag.

Also Tuesday, a 13-year-old Howard Middle School student allegedly assaulted a bus driver. That student was banned indefinitely from Bibb buses.

In an unrelated incident, Macon police cars were stationed Thursday afternoon near a school bus stop on Houston Avenue after a brawl broke out there that morning. School officials reported a fight at the bus stop in front of Colonial Terrace Apartments at about 6:30 a.m. Students told police that the bus driver did not pick up students at the stop, which the school district said was to protect students already on the bus.

To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.

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