A 14-year-old male student at Monaco Middle School faces charges of kidnapping, bringing a deadly weapon to campus and assault with a deadly weapon after holding a switchblade to a school secretary's throat and trying to stab the school's dean about 8 a.m. Monday , according to Las Vegas police.
The dean dodged the "swiping" motion of the student's knife and then persuaded the boy to remove the knife from the secretary's throat, officer Barbara Morgan said.
The student went home, where he was arrested after a brief standoff, Morgan said, adding he initially would not respond to calls to give himself up. The teen's name was not released because he is a juvenile.
No one was injured in the incident.
School officials declined to comment, citing the ongoing police investigation.
According to school records, Christopher M. McEntire is the dean of Monaco Middle School, at 1870 N. Lamont St., near Nellis and Lake Mead boulevards.
A student who brings a weapon on campus is normally recommended for expulsion, said Michael Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Clark County School District.
Because the teen at Monaco forcibly led the secretary to a school hallway with the knife, he faces a kidnapping charge, Morgan said.
She said she believes the incident might have been "gang-related," but she provided no details.
The news confirmed the worst fears of a mother who came to pick up her daughter after school Monday.
"This is why I didn't want my daughter coming here," said Annah Wellman, explaining that concerns about student safety at Monaco prompted her to get a zone variance so that her sixth-grader could attend a different middle school this year. But Wellman lacked the means to provide daughter Angelina with transportation to a different school.
As a mother, Wellman said she also was disgusted by a fight between two girls last week in which their "teeth were knocked out."
According to the school's accountability report, there were 45 incidents of student-on-student violence that resulted in expulsions or suspensions last year.
There also were seven incidents of possession of a weapon on campus, one incident of distribution of a controlled substance and four incidents of possession or use of a controlled substance. But there weren't any reports of student violence toward school staff last year.
Wellman's daughter told her that "people were really scared" Monday of the "boy walking around the school with a knife."
Wellman said responsibility for the violence rests with the parents. Many of the kids in her neighborhood stay out late because they have no supervision. She often has to walk many of them home.
"When you have parents who don't give a damn, excuse my French, you get kids like this," she said.
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