North Branch student arrested after allegedly threatening student with knife

John Foren | Flint Journal By John Foren | Flint Journal
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on September 28, 2007 at 12:19 PM, updated September 28, 2007 at 12:23 PM

NORTH BRANCH -- A knife assault outside the high school Tuesday has the district dealing with its second major weapons violation in two weeks.

A 16-year-old Quest High School student was arrested Tuesday night after another student in the district's alternative high school reported that he had been threatened with a knife about 3:30 p.m.

The suspect reportedly was upset about having his car broken into and cigarettes and a lighter stolen Monday at the school, said Lapeer County assistant prosecutor Geoffrey Stuart.

Instead of calling police, the boy asked another student in his class to meet him outside the high school during a 3:30 p.m. break where he confronted the student about the thefts, Stuart said.

"He extended the blade and pointed it at the (student's) abdomen," Stuart said. "He told (the student) to have his friends put the stuff they took from his car back or he would stab every one of them."

The suspect then thrust the blade forward several times.

After the suspect left the school for another appointment in Tuscola County, the victim reported the assault to his teachers who called police.

In a hearing Wednesday, Circuit Judge Michael Higgins ordered the boy into detention in Shiawassee County pending an Oct. 15 hearing on felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a weapon in a school weapons free zone.

The suspect, who has attended North Branch schools most of his life, has a history of temper problems at school and at home, Stuart said.

"There have been some issues with anger management," Stuart said. "(Judge Higgins) put him in the secure detention facility to give him some time away from the whole community."

Higgins also ordered a psychiatric evaluation.

Two weeks ago the school district and Higgins dealt with a 10-year-old Ruth Fox Middle School student who brought a handgun and 26 bullets to school.

That youngster was expelled by the Board of Education Monday.

The Quest student is suspended pending an expulsion hearing.

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