Kearney High Student May Face Charges for Having a Knife in His Backpack

Posted 1 year ago

By Scott Carlson

kearney-high-school(AP) — A Kearney High School student could face a weapons charge and expulsion for having a big knife in his backpack.

The school summoned medical help on Tuesday afternoon for an unresponsive student. Police say that during the incident, an officer searched the boy’s backpack and found the knife.

The teen wasn’t taken to a hospital and soon was released to his parents.

Police are asking Buffalo County prosecutors to charge the boy with having a concealed weapon on school property.

School district policy says students who take weapons onto school properties must be expelled.


  • Seriously?!

    Is that an illegal search? I’d hate to think if I pass out that anybody and everybody is going to go through my purse.

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    • What?

      The student was unresponsive and I am sure the staff suspected possible drug use. Searching the backpack was done to see if they could find a reason for the student’s condition. Also, search and seizure laws do not apply in our schools. That is why locker searches ect. can be done. When you tell children about their ‘rights’ it is important to make sure they understand the ‘responsibilities’ that come with them.

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  • Seriously?!

    The sad thing is, this kid might be straight A student, boy scout, active in youth group, kind, etc., and now will have a charge for taking a pocket knife to school in his backpack. Ridiculous.

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    • What?

      The story doesn’t say ‘pocket knife’, it says ‘big knife’. And it doesn’t matter what his grade point average is, he violate a school policy. Do rules only apply to those who don’t get all As or have less money. Come on the staff at our schools are trying to keep all students safe.

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      • PB

        Rules that violate the contitution do not apply to anyone

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        • What?

          What rules are you referring to and what part of the constitution?

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  • PB

    For the stupid lawmakers we are in Nebraska, kids get knives as gifts and they become heirlooms for their children. Obviously these School Superintendents need some educating!

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    • mbcgirl

      Just because you get a knife as a gift doesn’t mean you should be taking it on school property. Unfortunately in today’s society you don’t ever know what someone’s intentions are when they take a weapon to school.

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    • What?

      Because it is a gift doesn’t mean you can violate school policy. I got a comfy pair of slippers for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean I can wear them to work. Life is full of rules, laws and regulations and our children need to learn that they must follow them or suffer the consequences.

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    • PB

      School policy that violates the constitution is not a law and does not have to be obeyed. Any law that is contrary to the Constitution has no bearing on a Citizen of the United States of America.

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  • big bad

    the reason they searched his backpack was . he was unresponsive and they need to find out if he had maybe taken something???? just a thought for the cop bashers

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  • Just Me

    I carry a knife with me everywhere I go, & use it as a tool several times a day, mostly at mt job… Reading this article, when I drop the kid off at school every day, or go to one of his activities, am I breaking the law??
    Guess my point is, not all knives are weapons…

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    • What?

      Your knife may not be a weapon in your mind, however it does fall in the category of a weapon. Can you honestly say that you feel safe and secure having your child in a school where some student may have an item on them could cause the injury or even death of your little one, even if they didn’t mean it. Do you remember the story of the young boy who brought a gun to school that accidentally went off while in his back pack and shot the little girl behind him? You may carry a knife wherever you go and you may be responsible with it and you may not plan to hurt anyone with it, but depending upon the size of the knife it may well be an illegal weapon.

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      • PB

        If you believe his knife is a weapon than you should also agree that he has the right to keep it and bare it at all times! That is called the constitution.

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      • Shop Teacher

        Do you feel safe knowing that every high school with a shop class has numerous items that can be used as weapons as well? Have you ever heard of someone being stabbed by a screwdriver or bludgened with a hammer? How about the culinary arts room, should we ban the kitchen knives as well or the sewing center with those long pointy knitting needles. Senseless rules should be removed.

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  • What?

    Regardless of whether the student had malicious intent or not the school rules are no knives in school. Even if this particular student meant no harm there is the possibility that someone else could have gotten a hold of the knife and hurt someone with it. Too many of today’s youth believe that rules do not apply to them. A school policy is a school policy and if you violate it then you suffer the consequences. I work with many young people fresh out of high school and the idea that they can bend or even break the rules seems to be a wide spread belief. We have to stop making excuses and/or looking the other way depending upon the person in question.

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    • PB

      Sadly, many of the rules violate our rights!

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  • Seriousness

    He must have been high on some drug or he would have never passed out. y

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  • Seriousness

    He must have been high on some drug or he would have never passed out.

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    • grow up please :)

      Or he could have been sick, dehydrated, dizzy, running a fever, etc.
      Or did drugs become the only reason people can pass out these days??

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