Pittsburgh fifth grader brought knives to school, faces charges, district says

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A Pittsburgh Public Schools student in the fifth grade faces disciplinary action and charges after the district says she brought two large kitchen knives to school Monday.

The 11-year-old admitted to bringing the knives to Sunnyside PreK-8 in Stanton Heights after she fought with friends on social media over the weekend, district spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said.

"She wasn't planning on using them to harm anyone, but more for protection," Ms. Pugh said.

Another student told a teacher the girl had the knives. They were confiscated from the girl's backpack in her locker by 9 a.m., and the student was sent home for the day, she said.

The school's metal detectors are used for spot checks, she said.

Ms. Pugh would not comment on school-based disciplinary actions and said she will be charged by school police.

Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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