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9-year-old Terry Redlin student brings weapon to school twice in one week

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A nine-year-old student at Terry Redlin Elementary School in East Sioux Falls brought a weapon to school twice this week.

The incident comes on the heels of an incident in Brandon, in which a 10-year-old student was charged with bringing a weapon to a school function.

Sioux Falls police say it’s very rare to see weapons brought in at the Elementary school level, let alone twice in one week.

In the case at Terry Redlin Elementary, teachers noticed a nine year old student showing a cap gun to his friends this Wednesday. The same student brought a pocket knife in the next day. He wasn’t threatening anyone with the weapons, but simply showing them off to his friends.

Unlike the student at Brandon Valley Elementary, the Terry Redlin nine year old student has not been charged. Under South Dakota state law, children under the age of 10 cannot face criminal charges.

But any student 10 and older who brings a weapon on school property could face sanctions from a juvenile court judge.

“Anything from just getting rid of it, telling them not to do it again, their may be some type of probation, there may boot camp, there may be some time incarcerated like in the juvenile detention center, there are a lot of options open to the judge,” said Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens.

The nine-year-old will be subject to the school’s disciplinary policy. The Sioux Falls School Districts’ disciplinary handbook states possession of an item considered to be a weapon with no malicious intent can bring an elementary school student up to five days of suspension for first time offenders.

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