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7-year-old charged with bringing knife to school

COVINGTON - A 7-year-old student from West Newton Elementary School has been charged with bringing a weapon into a school safety zone and battery, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

The child brought a Farberware kitchen knife to school May 13, according to an incident report completed by Deputy Sammy Banks. School personnel notified the NCSO, and Banks, a school resource officer for Veterans Memorial Middle School, handled the incident.

"He said he was being bullied at school and brought the knife to stop kids from picking on him," said Lt. Mark Mitchell, spokesman for the NCSO.

According to Sherri Viniard, public relations director for the Newton County School System, another student found the knife in the student's desk and reported it, at which time the 7-year-old became upset and disrupted the classroom.

"Due to his age, a tribunal was not done. Instead, the case has been referred to the school system's Student Services Department and a Juvenile (Court) report was filed," Viniard said.

She said the youngster has been suspended for the remainder of the school year.