Deputies: 11-year-old boy brought knife to school and threatened to stab teacher

Two students praised for telling principal

EAGLE LAKE, Fla. - Two elementary students at Eagle Lake Elementary are being praised for stopping what could have been a dangerous situation after a boy brought a knife to school.

While on the school bus, investigators said an 11-year-old boy got out a three-and-a-half inch paring knife and started stabbing the seat in front of him.

They said other kids on the bus heard the boy say if his teacher bothers him, he's going to throw his shoe at him and then take out the knife and stab him.

Fortunately, it did not get that far.

Two students told the principal when the bus arrived at school.

"We're grateful that he stabbed holes in the seat of the bus and not another child," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "We always say, if you see something, say something. And the youngest members of our society did exactly that."

The principal at Eagle Lake also praises the two students who came forward, but insists that nobody was in any danger because the student was dealt with before school even started.

"It's scary. It's scary what the kids are doing now," said Diane Wagle, whose son also attends Eagle Lake Elementary.

She wants to know why the school decided not to inform parents.

"I can't discuss it with him and what he should and shouldn't do -- over and above what we already talk to him about -- if I don't know what happened," she said.

The school said they made the decision to only contact parents of the kids who witnessed the incident.

Meanwhile, the boy faces two misdemeanor charges, a 10-day suspension, and possible expulsion.

"He's 11 years old, but we must send a message quickly:  That's not acceptable," Judd said.

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