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Broward middle school student arrested, had sligshot and knives in backpack

Pembroke Pines, Florida. — A 12-year-old student was arrested Thursday at a Broward County middle school after police said knives, a slingshot and stones were found in his backpack.

Pembroke Pines police say a school resource officer at Walter C. Young Middle School was told the boy was carrying a slingshot. The authorities then said that the officer found a slingshot, four knives, and two chambers in the student’s backpack.

The student has been transferred to the District Juvenile Assessment Center and faces criminal charges of possession of weapons on school property.

“There were no school threats associated with this incident, and at no point did the suspect brandish a weapon,” police said. “Parents, please take this moment to talk to your children about the dire consequences of bringing weapons of any kind onto school property. These are serious charges and may lead to his arrest regardless of the suspect’s age.”

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This arrest comes as an increasing number of threats are reported in South Florida schools.

“It’s very worrying for a parent to know your child is in a school that age and go to the school where the knives are,” one parent told Local 10 News. “There is something to be done.”

Walter C. Young Middle School is located at 901 Northwest 129th Avenue in Pembroke Pines.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954-431-2200 or by email at tips@ppines.com, or you can contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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