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Knife found in student's backpack at Frederick Douglass High School

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 15:35:55-04

LEXINGTON — Administrative staff at Frederick Douglass sent a letter home to parents after a student was discovered with a knife on campus.

The student was stopped during morning check-ins. The knife was classified as a deadly weapon and the student was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school property.

Lester Diaz, the school's principal, says that the discovery of the weapon was proof that school safety protocols were working.

"The added security measures we have in place worked to ensure that the student was not able to get past our checkpoints," wrote Diaz.

School officials believe the student did not intend to harm anyone at the school. He told school officials that he was keeping the knife for protection in his neighborhood and accidentally left the weapon in his backpack.