Framingham Student Brings ‘Pocket Knife’ to Elementary School

FRAMINGHAM – A Framingham elementary school student brought a “pocket knife to school and took it out at recess.

Brophy Elementary Principal Frank Rothwell described the incident as “serious” in ane email to parents this afternoon.


“During fourth grade recess and lunch a student took out a pocket knife out and showed some classmates. The classmates who saw the knife reported it to a teacher and the teacher immediately brought the student to the administration. I met with the student and thestudent gave me the pocket knife,” wrote Rothwell.

“The student in no way had any malicious intent nor did the student use the item in any manner to threaten or scare other children. That said, bringing a knife to school is a serious offense. The student is receiving appropriate disciplinary consequences,” wrote the Principal.

School safety is our highest priority, the Principal wrote to parents.

All our students receive safety lessons that are grade appropriate from our social worker during their activity block and from their classroom teacher during open circle, he wrote.

“Bringing a knife to school is a “Double D” (dangerous and destructive) behavior and we teach the students to avoid these behaviors. Additionally, we also teach the students how to react if they see a “Double D” behavior,” wrote Rothwell.

“We are very grateful that students came forward and told the teacher what they saw. Children sometimes make decisions that to them seem very logical but that to us, as adults, may pose a danger to themselves or to others. It is important that we all stay vigilant in helping to guide students’ choices in a way that helps them to make safe choices. Please use this letter as a reminder to speak with your children about what is safe and not safe to bring to school and to play with at home,” concluded the principal.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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