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Northwest Student Caught With Knife as Classmates Walkout to Protest School Violence

Less than an hour after almost 500 schoolmates walked out of class at Northwest High School to protest school violence on Wednesday; a student was caught threatening a fellow student with a knife during lunch.

According to letters sent home by Northwest High School Principal Jimmy D’Andrea, about 500 of Northwest’s 2,300 students left class at 10:00 am to join high school students nationwide in protesting school violence. The protest lasted 17 minutes to honor the 17 students killed at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. one month ago.

During the Northwest lunch period, which runs from 11:16 am to 11:51 am security officials confiscated a knife from an unidentified student who had displayed the knife to another student in a threatening way. “Based upon our investigation, it appears that there was an issue between the two students that had not been reported to the school,” said the letter sent home to parents.

D’Andrea said that once school officials became aware of the knife, Northwest School Resource Officer Wesley Allen worked with MCPS security to “promptly locate the student and confiscate the knife. According to MCPS policy, weapons of any kind and/or weapon-like objects may not be brought to school.”

In a separate letter sent home regarding the walkout, D’Andrea explained that approximately 500 students walked out of class at 10:00 am Wednesday morning to participate in the 17-minute national school walkout that was organized to commemorate the 17 victims of the tragedy in Florida and advocate for laws to protect schools and students. The letter went on to say that classroom instruction continued during the walkout, but students who left class for the 17-minute protest will be excused. The letter did not say if any