Yet Another Pocketknife In School. Yet Another Stupid Lockdown.

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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.



  1. Matt in FL says:

    It’s stupid, but in today’s litigious society, nobody is willing to accept any potential liability whatsoever. All they have to say is “What if we hadn’t responded and bad things had happened?” No one is willing to face the answer to that question.

  2. Thomas Flournoy says:

    I graduated in 2012 and I carried a Kershaw Oso Sweet every day at school. Several teachers knew about it and zero fucks were givin. Why is this still a problem?

  3. sagebrushracer says:

    local, county and state police, that would be 3.

    I saw a knife at work today, high schooler asked if I had my mini Torx set so I could help him tighten the blade. I told him BRING IT AGAIN NEXT TIME.

    Stabbings in the last 50 years = zero. Future stabbings likelihood, about the same.

    I wouldn’t trust em to be alone with a Girl, 4×4 truck, fast car or an internet connection with no adult supervision, but they can actually handle a knife with needing to call the police.

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