Portsmouth student arrested after bringing sword to school

(WAVY/Joe Fisher)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — An I.C. Norcom High School student was arrested after reportedly taking a Samurai sword to school Wednesday.

Portsmouth police said the 17-year-old boy was making threats while at his bus stop Wednesday morning. When the bus arrived at the school on London Boulevard, the school resource officer was told about the threats and immediately identified the student and detained him.

School officials said they found a small Samurai sword in his book bag. Students told 10 On Your Side the accused student was new to the school and was possibly a victim of bullying.

“I asked the teacher and they said something was wrong with him, they were picking on the guy or something like that,” said Kelsey Gregory, an I.C. Norcom student. “That’s dangerous. He could have done anything.”

“I think he could have killed somebody or hurt someone real bad,” said student Joshua Hendricks.

The teen, who is in the 10th grade, was taken into custody and charged with brandishing a bladed weapon, possession of a weapon on school property and disorderly conduct. He was turned over to the Juvenile Detention Center in Chesapeake, where he will await a hearing.

Portsmouth Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Elie Bracy provided this statement:

Safety and security of students and staff are paramount. I.C. Norcom High School officials collaborated with the Portsmouth Police Department today after notification that a student possessed a small sword and was heard making threats. We appreciate the support of law enforcement in this incident. The school day at I.C. Norcom was not disrupted by this action. I applaud the students and staff at the school for their focus on instruction.

Police say no one was injured and they continue to investigate.

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