Student faces disciplinary action after bringing knife to school

Student faces disciplinary action after bringing knife to school
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A student found with a knife at the Mary Bethune Alternative Center in Hattiesburg on Monday is now facing disciplinary action from the Hattiesburg Public School District.

"Around 8 a.m. Monday, school personnel found a knife in the bag of a student entering Mary Bethune Alternative Center," said Jas N Smith, HPSD Communications Director.

"The student was immediately separated and will now face the disciplinary procedure as outlined in our policy," Smith said.

According to Smith, the staff at Mary Bethune were able to avoid any altercation or disruption by following the district's procedures.

"The metal detector and screening procedures worked as they are designed to and allowed the school to maintain a safe environment," Smith said.

"Metal detectors are used each day for entry at Mary Bethune. This is a two-step process that also includes individual bag searches by a staff member," Smith said.

The knife was found during a bag search.

According to Smith, a report was filed with the Hattiesburg Police Department because that is the districts standard operating procedure.

"The safety of our students and staff is always a top priority for the district," Smith said.

The student was not able to access the school while in possession of the weapon, and will now face appropriate action according to district policy.

The student also was not arrested or charged in the matter.