A 10-year-old boy allegedly brandished a pocket knife at a 9-year-old girl in the hallway of LeConte Elementary School on April 26. The girl’s mother reported the incident on Tuesday of this week.
The girl said the suspect came to school late and another person questioned his reason for his being late, according to Berkeley Police Capt. Bobby Miler. The suspect mistakenly thought the girl made the remark, and he walked up to her, pulled out a red and silver pocket knife and pointed it at her stomach. Then he asked her what she said about being late, and the girl ran away from him and into a restroom.
Later, she left the restroom and told her teacher about the brandishing. The teacher took the knife away from the boy and they all went to the principal’s office. The victim said the suspect did not touch her with the knife. Miller said the incident apparently was handled in the school’s disciplinary process.