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Homemade Knife Found on 14-Year-Old After School Fight

Kinnelon police said a 17-year-old was sent to the hospital after being 'dropped' on his face.

A 14-year-old was found with a homemade knife at Kinnelon High School Thursday after allegedly fighting with a 17-year-old who was sent to the hospital with "serious" injuries, according to Kinnelon police Lt. John Schwartz.

The 14-year-old was charged with possession of a weapon on school property, although Schwartz said the knife, which was made from a pen and the tip of a hunting arrow, was not brought out during the fight or used to harm the 17-year-old.

The 17-year-old's injuries, to his face and head, were sustained after Schwartz said the 14-year-old allegedly picked the other teen up and "dropped him on his face." The teen was transported to Chilton Hospital by Tri-Boro First Aid Squad.

Kinnelon High School Principal Dr. Wayne Merckling said administrators contacted police.

"The police were called, responded quickly and made an arrest," he said.

Schwartz said police responded to the high school around noon after school officials had found the weapon when the fight was broken up.

"Apparently, there were ongoing issues between the two boys," Schwartz said.

Kinnelon High School staff members and administrators addressed the issue with students Friday morning.

"Most of you are aware by now that yesterday there was a fight in the hallway," the school administrators said in a statement read aloud to students. "Although not part of the fight, a weapon was found in school as well. As part of our investigation, and in dealing with this incident, we conducted a thorough search of those involved and have taken measures to secure the safety of everyone in school and maintain a safe environment for everyone in classes and in the halls, in school and out."

The statement continued by asking students to be proactive in reporting weapons and violence as they see them.

"In the process of the investigation we have learned that a number of students were aware of threats made toward students that included the use of weapons. The fact that this was not reported may have contributed to the serious injury of one of your peers. Going forward you must take these types of threats seriously and report them to someone you trust in the school or ask your parents to do so. If you have knowledge of students bringing weapons to school, that also must be reported. We must be united in our providing a safe environment for all of us to live in each day. We cannot do that without your help," the statement said.

Friday morning, staff members were advised to conduct random searches of students' belongings.

cheech October 28, 2012 at 02:23 AM
F is pretty much right and I am sure if f wanted to say more could about the 14 yr old that would not be in his favor. I don't think everyone is listening to F and girl and Marie. So stop wondering how we could help the younger boy who was clearly in the wrong. If you don't know anything about when this happened or the victims themselves you would realize than its not something that could be fixed by anti-bullying programs and promoting assemblies. The 14 yr old is way beyond that. The boy is badly hurt and was assaulted.
Mike October 28, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Stop with this silly excuse of "bullying". If the kid is a trouble maker, KICK HIM OUT OF SCHOOL, and have his parents deal with his education.
V October 29, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Lauren- you are correct. The 17 year old boy started the incident first. The 14 year old did NOT savagely attack. He stood up for himself and fought back which is what any normal person would do. When a fight is started, there is ALWAYS one person who gets hurt more than the other. Maybe the 17 year old should have thought that before he started. F-I think you should get your story straight before you post incorrect information on a website for all to see. And the ironic part is the police believe the 14 year old did nothing wrong other than bring a weapon to school which WASN'T used in the altercation.
Concerned Citizen November 05, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I am in agreement.
Concerned Citizen November 05, 2012 at 01:38 AM
There are schools that deal with "troubled children." Maybe Kinnelon should have sent the 14 year old to a school that could have helped him if he posed a threat to himself and others.

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