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Teens' actions at school lead to criminal charges

Students are held to certain rules when they are in school. When they fail to obey those rules, there are consequences. Two Hamilton County teens recently discovered that weapons offenses that occur at school are very serious. The teens are both facing criminal charges.

One of the teens was arrested for bringing three throwing knives to school. That teen is facing charges for possession of a dangerous weapon on school grounds.

The second teen's charges are pending. That teen is accused of passing around an altered picture of a juvenile inside the school pointing a rifle at people.

In addition to those incidents, there have also been threats written on the walls in the bathrooms. The principal sent a note to parents to let them know that the second threat was directed at him. Those threats are being investigated. If it is determined who made the threats, that person or people can face a Class C felony. A conviction on that charge carries three to five years in jail and a hefty fine of $10,000.

All children should know that anything that can be perceived as a criminal action, such as a threat, shouldn't be done. For two teens referenced in this post, a long journey through the juvenile justice system is likely.

If your teen or child is facing the juvenile justice system, it is crucial that you help them learn his or her rights. You should make sure that you know the options that are available as the case moves forward. This can help you and your teen to make informed decisions.

Source:, "Teens face charges after rifle photo, throwing knives found at East Hamilton," Emmett Gienapp, March 03, 2016

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