Student charged with possessing knife and marijuana during security check at Newport News school

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –  A 16-year-old male student was reportedly caught with a knife in his backpack and a baggie containing marijuana on his person during a random security check at Denbigh High School Tuesday.

The student’s parents were called to the scene.

According to officials, juvenile petitions were obtained for Possession of Marijuana and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

Police said the student was released into the custody of his parents.

In a statement, a spokesperson with Newport News Public Schools told News 3 the student has been recommended for expulsion:

The student is recommended for expulsion.

The safety, security and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. Newport News public schools use a variety of safety measures and youth development initiatives to encourage and promote a healthy school climate for all students. We will continue to be both proactive and reactive to ensure that our students have a safe and conducive learning environment.