Principal: student didnâ??t intend to act on threat with knife
The principal at Suttons Bay High School is speaking out after a student threatened two students with a knife at a school dance.
The alleged threat happened at the school on Saturday night.
The principal, Raph Rittenhouse, said a group of concerned students told him about the threat on Monday morning. He said the students chose to not tell the chaperones, which included staff and parents. Rittenhouse said the students waited to notify him because the 17-year-old quickly left the school after the incident.
Witnesses say the suspect grabbed a 15-year-old student, who are members of the same sports team, and held a knife against his neck after that student danced with the suspect's sister.
The suspect then threatened another student after they confronted him.
The principal said their investigation revealed the suspect never planned to hurt anyone and was playing a prank.
â??It was something that was done to make the other student aware that they had this knife with them at the dance. It wasnâ??t designed to act anything out. It was a really poor decision on that studentâ??s part to get the other studentâ??s attention and carry out something completely different from trying to do what wound up being a very unsafe activity with somebody that he knew,â?? said Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse said information posted on the Leelanau County Sheriff's blog could have been misleading to readers. He said the use of some details and not others lead some to misinterpret what actually happened.
Rittenhouse said school officials will sit down and review security policies.
State law requires the superintendent hold a hearing after an incident such as the one that occurred on Saturday. It will include those who have investigated the case, along with school officials and parents.
The suspect is expected to be arraigned on felony assault charges on Friday.