Knife threat at elementary school raises discipline questions

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A third-grade girl at Cummings Elementary School in Keizer, Oregon, recently pulled a pocket knife on another third grader, threatening to kill her.

After the weapon was confiscated by staff, a boy reportedly choked the girl for “snitching.”

Word of the incidents quickly raised concerns across the school’s community and left some parents questioning administrators’ choices on how the victim is being protected and how the others are being disciplined.

Read the full story and the district’s policies here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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