Thompson Middle-Schooler Arrested For Allegedly Bringing Weapon On Campus

Eyewitnesses say the student was a boy who was led off campus in handcuffs.

A 13-year-old Thompson Middle School student was arrested at the campus without incident Friday afternoon for bringing a knife onto the school grounds.

According to Sgt. Robert Anderson of the Murrieta Police Department, the student “was in possession, which is against the law.”

Eyewitnesses say the student was a boy who was led off campus in handcuffs.

Anderson said the student will be prosecuted.

No one was hurt during the incident, the sergeant confirmed.

Due to age, the student’s identity will not be released.

addy December 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM
With everything that has been going on, the title makes us think it was a gun. Alot of kids have knives but this kid should have known better to bring it to school.
T December 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I'm pretty sure knives can kill just as well as guns! Who cares what was implied. A weapon is a weapon! They do NOT belong in schools. I know a LOT of kids, and don't know any of them who own a knife!
Brenda December 22, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I agree T, and a knife can do alot of damage in one stab. :/ Also Addy, perhaps if you know who these kids are who have knives you should let the school know as soon as possible? That is not right, and it is very much against the law. Parents? I always ask this question because an officer asked it of me once. "Do you know exactly where you child is, who he is really with, what he is really doing, and what he has in his backpack, pockets, bra, or pants"? Then he showed me what they had. Its not only very embarrassing, but all trust you ever had for your child just flew out the window and you feel like you will never trust them again. They didnt get arrested, but it was a very big eye opener for me, and also for them cause now the cops knew them. SO all you parents who think your children do no wrong, who are straight A students, popular, have sleep overs and pizza parties, pool parties, do their homework, etc. etc. etc. there is ALWAYS something else going on behind the scenes. In this case, a knife or a gun. :/ Thank god for me its years over with, whew, but to think Chapp has so many kids carrying weapons of some sort? Then others carry to protect themselves from those! ITs a vicious circle they get caught up in.
Mr. Logical December 22, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Details people, wait for the details. Although it is against the law to have any kind of knife at school, and the student will be expelled, there is a difference between a pocket knife and a machete'. Brenda, you are right, 'a knife can do a lot of damage in one stab'.
Mr. Logical December 22, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Maybe the NKA (National Knife Association) will come out with a statement tomorrow, suggesting all teachers start carrying knives to school. Stay tuned.
Stacy Kerr December 22, 2012 at 04:38 AM
I agree - wait for the details. Lots of people carry knives - scouts especially. The student should not have brought it to school, but there is nothing inherently evil about a knife. As opposed to a gun, a knife is a tool first, weapon second. I rarely leave home without mine - it has a corkscrew!
Lyndsey Lopez December 22, 2012 at 06:59 AM
My daughter goes here. I'm very upset that I wasn't notified by the school when this happened. It's 10:58 pm and still no phone call or email. So not happy!!! But very thankful no one was hurt.
Laura Stansfield December 22, 2012 at 03:53 PM
My child attends this school too...if no one was hurt and he was taken away in handcuffs "without incident" and we as parents weren't notified, how come it made the local newspaper first? OK I'm not that naive really, but the rhetorical question is worth asking....
livinsloher December 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
being in middle school these kids know that that is against the rules so boy scout or not the child knew it was not allowed so conseqences should follow as well as listening to the child is this his cry out for help? My grandson goes to this school and has been bullied and I see a lot of heart ache he goes through... ummm wonder if its one of these bullies who think its cool to carry a knife??? Thank you to who reported it and thank you to Thompson for taking immediate action! we moved here from the north end of san bernardino and my sons went to what was concidered a good school and one child stole his diamond back bike back years ago and they were not cheap then and as a single mother it was a lot for me to replace but when my son found out who had it he went to the principal at Golden Valley and they did nothing next thing you know the boy thought he would be beat up as my son was not a fighter but very athletic (not knowing my son was given another bike and he said mom even though we struggle this boy has nothing or no one who seems to care about him so I am going to tell him he can have the bike) that was up to him anyways the following day this boy brought a gun to school! I was so upset and was not notified! I was horrified to say the least and at that point he did get arrested but let them get away with a knife today and later it will be guns! Parents this is a good time to talk to your children and tell them any type of weapons should be reported immediately!
Laura Stansfield December 22, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Oh I know why....Murrieta is amongst the "safest Cities in the nation".....that means "attempted kidnappings" are really "child harassment instances" and carrying "any" weapon on a school campus is really "wielding a dangerous tool in an unauthorized area"? Since we all made it through the end of the world, we don't have to trouble ourselves with these small nuisances anyhow right? Sorry folks.....in a sarcastic mood...... 
Cathy Neumann-Bearse December 22, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Explain the difference to me please .. a young man in middle school brings a knife to school and he gets busted ... but several years ago a 2nd grader brings a weapon to school tells everyone he is gonna kill one particular girl ... and he gets "in school" suspension? Correct me if I am wrong ... but isn't the later a bit more intense? I am frustrated over this!!!
Cyclist December 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Mr. Illogical, If you keep doing the same thing expecting different results, that is the definition of insanity. 20,000 gun laws on the books, and not one protected the kids in CT. More gun laws are just not going to work in a situation like that. So, I applaud the NRA for trying a REAL solution. And if you listened to what they said, they make sense. We have armed guards at banks, jewelry stores, etc, but NOTHING protecting our children as school.
sbjmsoules December 22, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Sounds like an over reaction. Knife could have been plastic intended for P&B sandwich for lunch. We have all seen the zero tolerance without common sense get out of hand. Example - teenage girls getting expelled for bringing Advil to school to treat menstrual cramps - "zero tolerance". We need common sense in our schools leadership!
Brenda December 22, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I feel sarcastic about all this I just cannot come up wit the words to say IT!!
Brenda December 22, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Very true Cyclist. With the age of kids on drugs and alcohol, the age of kids using and selling, even 2nd graders are feeling the need to protect themselves. Some of this is just sooo neat for some of them :/ As the circles get bigger and bigger and bigger. Yes, we need armed officers at all schools. And 1 or 2 addition armed security guards.
Gerry Nance December 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM
The 2nd Amendment protects the rights of US citizens to keep and bear armaments of war. Nobody got hurt by the "knife"? Is the student a Boy Scout? Did the student "brandish the knife in a rude, angry, or threatening manner"? Describe the "knife", was it a fixed-blade or folding knife, with a blade over 3-1/2" long ? Read CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE SECTIONS 48900-48927, especially 48915. There may not be a crime or reason for suspension.
T-wolf December 23, 2012 at 04:40 AM
First time reading the Patch. I'm at this school and understand this situation completely because I was there. This student made a very poor choice to bring a weapon to school. Our school handled it appropriately and put our student's safety first. We have dedicated teachers, administrators, and support staff who care very much about our students. I have been in education long enough to know that sometimes we don't fully understand what some students have to go through every day outside of school. This student may have had this weapon to protect himself to and from school, not to harm those at school. Thankfully we have a great police department to help determine why the student brought the weapon.
Desert Dweller December 24, 2012 at 08:45 AM
"Anderson said the student will be prosecuted." Do you work for the police or the DA? This country has gone full dumb @$$ since the CT tragedy.
SA December 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
This kid’s parents should be prosecuted …
Fauntleroy Murphy December 24, 2012 at 05:47 PM
There's an APP for that!
SA December 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Does it sterilize parents that can’t reproduce responsibly?
Cat Valentine January 16, 2013 at 05:22 AM
This is all crap. I know the kid and he's not stupid enough to actually use the knife On a kid! You people are taking this to serious. What if he was scared because of what happened CT. people actually THINK!
Jenna Thomas January 16, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Cat Valentine, you say the kid is actually not stupid enough to 'use' the knife; that he may have been carrying it because he was scared? There are better ways to handle his fear. If another kid were to bring a gun to school, his knife would be no match. On the other hand, what if the kid was scared and used his knife and really hurt an innocent person? My daughter is in the 6th grade at TMH. The school should have notified the parents via email. It's horrible that our kids have to be in such a fearful environment. Kids at this age know it would be the absolute wrong thing to do to bring a knife to school, especially in light of the CT incident.


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