Friday, March 26, 2004

2 McIntosh students arrested for carrying knives at school

Two sisters who attend McIntosh High School were recently arrested after they took knives on campus, which they said was to “defend themselves,” school officials said.

According to police, Dominique Lacey Wilson, 17, was arrested March 12 for one felony count of possession of a weapon on school property. The name of the other sister, who is a freshman, was not released because she is a juvenile.

According to warrants, Wilson, a junior at the school, had a black surgical knife which she claimed was to protect herself.

Schools spokeswoman Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said a “tip” led administrators to ask the girls whether they had knives on their person, which they admitted to. She was unaware of the details about why the girls were afraid, she added.

Berry-Dreisbach said students are encouraged to tell any school administrators if they feel threatened or scared or if threats have been made against them. School administrators take the reports seriously and will take action if necessary, and work to resolve the situation, she added.

“Talk to a principal, administrator or teacher before you feel like taking the matter into your own hands,” Berry-Dreisbach said. “We don’t want any students to come to school fearful.”


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