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Middle schooler faces knife possession charge

Posted by Tom Coakley  March 26, 2010 02:54 PM

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By Lisa Kocian, Globe Staff

Needham police are charging a 13-year-old Pollard Middle School student with possession of a dangerous weapon, after the boy allegedly brought a pocket knife to school, according to Police Chief Thomas Leary.

Police were contacted March 19 by school officials about a report that a student was selling knives at Pollard, Leary said. After investigating, police determined that was not likely the case.

“I don’t think we’re convinced that that was an actual part of the evidence,” said Leary.

The student found with the pocket knife is being charged in Dedham Juvenile Court, he said. Police can’t comment on the details of a juvenile case, but generally in such cases, police file a complaint application and then a clerk magistrate will hold a hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence for the charges, said Leary.

“In this day and age we have to take these reports seriously,” he said.

Lisa Kocian can be reached at lkocian@globe.com

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