Boy, 14, charged in knife 'terror' incident at W. Rowan MS

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- The Rowan County Sheriff's Office says a 14-year-old boy has been charged for allegedly waving a butcher knife and wearing a clown mask in the cafeteria of West Rowan Middle School last week.

The juvenile, who will not be identified, faces the charges of possession of a weapon on school campus, going armed in terror of the public, assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats.

The Sheriff's Office says Juvenile Services will process the charges and a court date will be set for the charges to be heard in front of a Juvenile Court judge.

Last Tuesday morning, the Sheriff's Office School Resource Deputy ran to the West Rowan Middle School cafeteria after hearing screams from students.

Authorities say the now-charged teen was wildly waving a 12-inch butcher knife at other students while wearing a clown mask.

The deputy, who's now being praised for his restraint and handling of the incident, attempted to get the student to drop the knife, officials say, but when he refused, was forced to use his baton to hit the student's forearm and force him to drop the knife.

The Sheriff's Office says a search of the student's backpack turned up another 10-inch butcher knife.

The student was taken last week to be evaluated by mental health personnel. The student also sustained minor injuries to his left arm during the confrontation with the deputy.


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