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Girl teased about weight brings knives to Hernando elementary school, deputies say

SPRING HILL -- An 11-year-old girl who told deputies she was being teased by classmates about her weight was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly brought two knives to school in a backpack.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office gave this report: The girl, a fifth-grade student at Westside Elementary School, has been teased, including being called Godzilla by fellow students. The girl told deputies she brought her brother's knives to school to scare her classmates so they would not tease her any more.

When the classmates started to tease her on Tuesday, she pulled the knives, which were in their sheaths, showed them to her classmates and said, "Leave me alone, I have a knife." The girl, who is not being identified because of her age, was afraid of getting into trouble and gave the knives to a teacher.

Deputies said one knife had a fixed-blade about 2 1/2 inches long. The second knife also was a fixed blade, about 1 1/2 inches long.

The girl, listed on the report as 5-feet-1 and 110 pounds, was arrested on a charge of possession of a weapon on school property and taken to the Hernando County Jail. She was later released to her mother.

Girl teased about weight brings knives to Hernando elementary school, deputies say 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 9:06pm]
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