Student accused of bringing knives to Craig Middle School has court hearing

Janelle O'Dea
The Craig Middle School student who allegedly brought seven knives to school Friday had a hearing at the Moffat County Courthouse on Monday morning.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

— The Craig Middle School student accused of bringing seven knives to school Friday had a hearing at the Moffat County Courthouse on Monday morning.

The student currently is being held at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction. The hearing was conducted by telephone.

The Craig Police Department confirmed Monday morning that a 13-year-old male student brought six folding knives of varying sizes as well as one fixed-blade knife onto the Craig Middle School campus Friday.

Colorado Revised Statutes includes in its definition of “dangerous weapon” a “fixed-blade knife with a blade that exceeds three inches in length” and a “spring-loaded knife or a pocket knife with a blade exceeding three and one-half inches in length.”

The statutes require certain disciplinary measures be taken for infractions involving a “dangerous weapon” as opposed to incidents involving pocket knives with blades less than 3 1/2 inches.

The Moffat County School Board policy on weapons in school nearly mirrors the Colorado Revised Statutes:

“As used in this policy, ‘dangerous weapon’ means:

C. A fixed blade knife with a blade that exceeds three inches in length.”

The policy also states that any students who “use, possess or threaten to use a dangerous weapon in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Board policy concerning student suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary interventions.”

According to the Craig Police Department press release about the incident, the student was taken into custody and transported to the Public Safety Center in Craig. Later, he was transported to the juvenile facility in Grand Junction.

In the past three months, Craig Police Department, Moffat County School District and other significant community officials met for a functional exercise at the high school that simulated a mass shooting.

Not long after, representatives from The Memorial Hospital, city officials, county officials and the school district met to conduct a mock press conference for a mass casualty event.

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @jayohday

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