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Connellsville student who brought knife to school facing suspension

| Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5:06 p.m.

Connellsville Area School District took action on Wednesday when a student brought a multi-utility tool that included a knife blade to school.

Mike Parlak, the district's head of security, said the 15-year-old boy brought the tool into Connellsville Area Senior High School on Tuesday to show to a friend before school.

Word made it to Parlak, who sought out the student and removed the tool from the student's backpack before the beginning of homeroom period.

Parlak said after speaking with the student and searching the student's social media pages, the district confirmed the student neither meant to do harm nor threaten other students or faculty.

However, the student will be subject to an automatic 10-day suspension pending a formal meeting. Then, it will be determined whether the student will opt for an alternative education center through the school district or be expelled from school.

The student also was charged with having a knife in school.

Parlak said dealing with such incidents is often a double-edged sword, as there is overreaction to any response the district takes in such matters, and it is made worse by rumblings on social media.

“Facebook is rumors on steroids,” he said.

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