Principal: knife-wielding 13-year-old student won’t return to North Whidbey Middle School

The resource officer for Oak Harbor Public Schools arrested a student at North Whidbey Middle School the morning of March 30 for displaying a knife in a threatening manner to a classmate.

Administration called officer Nathan Padrta after witnesses reported the 13-year-old boy had taken out a straight-blade razor, according to Capt. Bill Wilke, of the Oak Harbor Police Department.

The boy allegedly took the knife and approached another 13-year-old student who had taken his coat, Wilke said.

Padrta conducted an investigation and interviewed the students who witnessed the incident.

Pardta arrested the boy, who was later released to the custody of his parent.

The student is relocating and will not return to the school, according to an email sent to parents by Bill Weinsheimer, principal at the middle school.

Weinsheimer sent the email Friday afternoon to families of students at the school informing them of the incident.

“When it comes to student safety, rest assured our school will always do everything we can to keep your child safe,” he wrote.

“I’m proud of the students who reported this most recent incident,” Weinsheimer added.

“It’s so important that our students speak out when they have concerns.”

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