8-year-old facing charges for bringing knife to Ettrick Elementary


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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) — An eight-year-old is facing charges after bringing a pocketknife to his Chesterfield school.

Police said the boy was caught after showing a 3-inch folding knife to classmates at Ettrick Elementary School. He didn’t threaten anyone, and no one was hurt, police said.

Now the student is facing charges, instead of being suspended like previous students who have brought knives to school.

Under state law, any pocket knife 3-inches and over is illegal on school property.

“There should be some consequences,” said parent Kevin Smith. “But I wouldn’t try to make it too harsh on the child; not 8-years-old,” said Smith.

Could the child actually be convicted?

“A judge could is going to consider the maturity level of this child,” said Todd Stone, CBS 6 legal analyst.  “This is the type of thing that probably wouldn’t have been charged in the past.  But…

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