Pocketknife at school draws attention

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

A Ridgecrest Police Log entry for Sept. 20, “Weapon on school grounds,” was an eye-catcher. The incident happened at James Monroe Middle School at 11:55 a.m. last Friday.

According to RCPD Sgt. Ryan Marrone, “It was just a kid with a pocket knife. He didn’t do anything with it, but he had it in his pocket on the school grounds, and that is not allowed. He never had it out, he just happened to have it, and someone got wind of it. The student was arrested and released.”

“Our district continually strives to provide safe campuses to ensure a positive learning environment,” said Ernie Bell, assistant superintendent of Human Resources at Sierra Sands Unified School District.

“When parents, students and staff members report anything that might be considered to be a safety problem, we investigate completely to ensure the safety of everyone. We have board policies and education codes that are in place that provide guidelines for us to follow,” said Bell.

Story First Published: 2013-10-01