Teen sentenced to supervised probation
A 14-year-old boy who admitted in juvenile court Wednesday to bringing a knife to school was ordered on indefinite supervised probation and given a lengthy lecture on how to work on his attitude by a Washington County Circuit Court judge.
Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Steven Kessell said that on Dec. 9 Hagerstown Police Department officers responded to Western Heights Middle School and found that the youth had in his possession a knife that he had been trying to hide from his principal.
A county school system spokeswoman said the eighth grader was sent to Antietam Academy and changed his attitude from being loud and disruptive at the middle school to being highly cooperative and a "pleasure" at the behavioral school. He since has been sent back to the middle school and has not been a problem there, she said.
The youth, whom police said had on occasion carried an ice pick for protection from bullies, said, "I know what I did was wrong and I'm taking full responsibility."