In case the headline doesn’t quite say it all, a high school in Hattiesburg, Mississippi was briefly locked down while three separate law enforcement agencies responded to a report of…a student with a pocketknife. In his pocket.
I’m sure its exciting for school officials to call out the National Guard and push the “Lockdown” panic button, but these are grossly disproportionate responses for such trivialities as an illicit pocketknife. Can’t we all just chill the f*ck out?
From the Hattiesburg American:
Petal High School was locked down for about 20 minutes Tuesday morning after a teacher saw a student with a folding pocketknife.
“A teacher recognized a student had a knife,” said Petal School District Superintendent John Buchanan.
He said the teacher evacuated the classroom, and administrators locked down the school while law enforcement was en route.
Petal Police Department, Forrest County Sheriff’s Office and Petal school police responded.
“The knife was not in his hand, so there was no more threat when we made contact,” said Petal Police Department Detective Mitch Nobles.
He said the student was detained without incident, the knife was recovered and the student was transported to Forrest General Hospital for a mental evaluation.
The unnamed student reportedly has a history of disciplinary and behavioral problems at school, which hopefully explains why he was trucked off to the cuckoo’s nest for evaluation.
But still: three L.E. agencies responding to a report of one student, taking no offensive or threatening actions with a folded knife in his pocket? In smarter times this would have earned the unnamed student a trip to the principal’s office and maybe a few afternoons in detention.
It’s time to chill the f*ck out. Again.