By Jacqueline Brown
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE A 10-year-old student in Copperas Cove is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing another student in the arm with a pencil at C.R. Clements Intermediate School on on Monday.
Lt. Danny Austin of the Copperas Cove Police Department said the incident allegedly resulted from an argument that involved throwing paper and crayons. Police and school officials did not comment on any disciplinary action taken against the other student involved. The student was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
Austin said the Texas Education Code requires school districts to contact the police department if a student commits a violation that could result in their expulsion, including assault, possession of a firearm and terroristic threats.
He said the suspect was detained and later released to his parents.
Basically, anytime a students safety is jeopardized were going to do whats required, said Rose Cameron, Copperas Cove Indepen-dent School District deputy superintendent. Safety is our number one concern.
Cameron said even though stabbing another student with a pencil may not seem that serious, this incident has to do with injury to another student.
She said the students punishment will depend on his disciplinary record and the severity of the incident.
Were still working through the disciplinary process, she said.
The Texas Education Code says that a student shall be expelled from a school if the student, on school property ... engages in conduct that contains the elements of aggravated assault.
Anytime a student is expelled, for the most part their educational services cease, she said.
She explained that when a student registers for school at CCISD the district requests their disciplinary records.
If a student has been expelled from another school district we try to honor whatever disciplinary action here, she said.
In addition to the possibility of terminating his education at 10 years old, the child could receive anywhere from probation to time in a juvenile detention center.
What I think is important for everyone in the community to understand is that its important for parents to sit down and talk with their children, Austin said. Our community is not going to condone violence on school property at all.
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