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Student brought knife to Winter Haven school, police say

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A 5th grader in Polk County is in big trouble and several other students are being praised for doing the right thing. They immediately alerted their principal after they said they saw a butcher knife in an 11-year-old boy's school binder.

Investigators were interviewing the boy Monday to find out why he brought the knife to school.

"The blade was eight inches, so you're talking eight inches, probably another four inches for a handle, so it was probably a good 12 inches long," said Captain David Brannan with the Winter Haven Police Department.

Brannan said the knife was big enough that it was sticking out and caught the attention of his classmates.

"Mentioned it to the teacher, you may want to look in this kid's binder, book binder, which she contacted the office, ended-up looking there and finding the knife and then they called the school resource officer," Brannan said.

The 11-year-old boy was questioned most of the day at the Polk County Juvenile Assessment Center about why he would bring the large kitchen knife to Inwood Elementary in his binder.

"There's been a couple different stories and that's what we're trying to get it narrowed down to exactly why this knife was brought to school," Brannan said.

The Polk County Superintendent's Office said, given the violence that has happened at schools like Newtown, CT, they are pleased everybody in this scenario did exactly what they were supposed to do.

"I believe these kids did the right thing," Brannan said. "They saw something they knew to be a weapon you weren't supposed to have at school, and they notified the teacher. And that way, we make sure nothing does happen."

The superintendent said they have no records that the boy complained he was being bullied.

"Right now, he's charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds," said Brannan. "It's a third-degree felony and that would be for any person, whether they're a student, an adult on campus, or anything."

That third-degree felony is punishable with up to five years in prison for an adult. For the 11-year-old, it will depend on what the authorities work out.

We contacted and spoke with the boy's mother via text messages Monday. She said she is trying to get an answer from him as to why he brought the knife to school. She said he is a good child, and like everyone else, she wants to know why he did it. She said he would not be returning to school Tuesday morning.

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