The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Thursday afternoon in response to reports that a 9-year-old student was cut with a razor by another student at Stuarts Draft Elementary School on May 6.
Initially school administrators handled the incident because the Sheriff’s Office thought the incident was not of a criminal nature based on early reports, the release states.
However, after a conversation between the School Resource Officer and an administrator at Stuarts Draft Elementary on the evening of May 6, a criminal investigation was launched on May 7, “and additional measures were taken by the school division as a result of new information learned subsequent to the incident and initial interactions.”
A small blade was confiscated “immediately following the incident” and school administrators evaluated the students involved in the incident.
Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith remains in close contact with the Augusta County School Board, the press release states, regarding allegations stemming from the incident on May 6.
“At no time after the presence of the weapon was known to school administrators was there any reason to believe there was an ongoing or broader threat to the safety of any students or staff that would have warranted a lockdown or alarm to parents or the broader community,” the press release stated.
An investigative summary was presented to the Department of Juvenile Justice after the Augusta County Sheriff’s deputy investigated the incident and met with the School Resource Officer and a member of the Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
The incident is now in the hands of the Augusta County Juvenile Court.
“All juvenile proceedings are closed to the public and confidential in nature, therefore no further information regarding this case will be released,” said Sherriff Donald Smith in the press release.
The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office and the Augusta County School Board will, according to the press release, “continue to cooperate and work together to address and investigate threats and claims of violence of any kind on school property.”