10-year-old suspended over pencil sharpener

Suffolk, Va. – Pencil sharpeners are something most kids have at their fingertips in school.

Suffolk authorities say a 10-year-old girl at Booker T. Washington Elementary took one apart and used the blade to threaten another student.

It happened Friday, but many parents heard about it from NewsChannel 3 Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the girl had a razor blade inside a classroom and told administrators the blade came from a handheld pencil sharpener.

They say the student was threatening with the blade was not hurt. School officials called the girl’s parents and police.

Suffolk Schools spokesperson Bethanne Bradshaw refused to answer any questions about this on camera.

But parents are left wondering should pencil sharpeners now be considered a dangerous weapon?


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