School staff responds to knife threat

CARNEY – Students and staff at Carney-Nadeau responded effectively and appropriately to a recent emergency situation regarding a student with a butcher knife on school property, said police.

A seventh-grader was taken into custody Wednesday morning after students told staff about an alleged knife threat. Staff secured the knife and the student without anyone being hurt, said Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks.

“It was pretty responsive both on the students’ part and the staff. They did all the right things immediately to prevent anyone from getting injured,” Marks commented this morning. “The other students actually turned him in.”

Students reported to school personnel that a male seventh-grader had brought a knife to school and had talked about killing another student, explained Sgt. Brian Helfert, school resource officer/juvenile crime investigator. Helfert received the call from the school at 8:33 a.m. Wednesday.

Prior to police arrival, staff members secured the student in an office and locked the eight-inch butcher knife in another room. Shortly after, the child was taken into police custody for possession of a dangerous weapon on school property.

The case was sent to the Menominee County Prosecutor’s Office for review and is expected to be forwarded to probate court, said Marks. The officer continues to conduct interviews and investigate the incident, the sheriff added.