School security guard Domingo Rivera said he confronted the boy as students were leaving the building after a fire alarm was pulled around 9:30 a.m., according to a police report. Rivera said a teacher told him the boy had refused to put away his phone.
When Assistant Principal Gilbert Perez told the boy to hand over the phone, the boy refused and said, “I’m strapped and you don’t know what I’m going to do,” according to the report. Rivera said when he tried to secure the boy, the boy stepped back and pulled a steak knife in front of students who were exiting the building.
Rivera said he pulled out a night stick and ordered the boy to drop the knife. After threatening to pepper spray the boy, Rivera said the boy complied and was handcuffed.
When questioned, the boy said he pulled the fire alarm because he didn’t want to be at school. The boy also said he had previously cut himself and attempted suicide and was evaluated by Nord Center counselors before being sent to a juvenile jail.
The boy faces aggravated menacing, inducing panic and carrying a deadly weapon charges. Superintendent Tom Tucker said Thursday that he wasn’t familiar with details of the incident, but in general, students are automatically suspended over incidents involving deadly weapons and face expulsion hearings. The annex, at 2321 Fairless Drive, houses freshman students and is near the high school.