Brookville Teen Faces Weapons Charge After Police Find Knife on School Grounds

Police car lightsBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville teen is facing a weapons charge after an incident that occurred at Brookville Jr./Sr. High School.

Following an incident that occurred on April 21, a known 18-year-old Brookville male has been charged with “Possession of Weapon On School Property,” Misdemeanor 1.

Brookville Borough Police Dispatched to Brookville School for Parking Incident

According to a criminal complaint, on April 21, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Brookville Police Officer Vince Markle received a call from Jefferson County Control Center to respond to the Brookville Jr./Sr. High School for a parking incident.

The complaint states that upon arrival at the high school, Officer Markle met with Principal Ruth Ann Barbazzini. She stated that she had two student vehicles parked in the teacher’s parking lot, and that one of the vehicles had received a parking ticket a couple weeks ago, and the other vehicle was a first-time offender. It was advised that both students had their privileges revoked by the school district and should not be driving to school.

Officer Markle Discovers Knife in Student’s Vehicle

The complaint indicates that Officer Markle proceeded to the high school teacher’s parking lot that is located below the athletic field. The first vehicle approached was green in color, and as Officer Markle walked up to place the parking ticket on the windshield, he allegedly noticed a large knife stuck between the passenger front seat and the console. The knife handle was black in color with a green case.

Officer Markle called the school officer advising the secretary to have Principal Barbazzini meet him in the teachers’ parking lot. Principal Barbazzini looked in the window of the car and said “I can see the knife,” according to the complaint.

Teen Allegedly Says He Was Using Knife to Work on His Vehicle

Both Principal Barbazzini and Officer Markle returned to the school, and an 18-year-old male was called to the office. The known teen was questioned about the knife, and he allegedly stated that he forgot he had the knife in his vehicle and that he was working on his vehicle this weekend using the knife, the complaint continues.

The known teen and Officer Markle went to the teen’s car and the known teen allegedly retrieved the knife. He allegedly told Officer Markle that he did not have anything else in his vehicle that was prohibited on school property, the complaint indicates.

Principal Issues School Discipline Referral Form

The known teen’s mother was notified of the incident, and she and a known male arrived at the school for a meeting; afterwards, Barbazini locked the knife in the school safe, the complaint states.

A copy of the school write-up and photos of the knife were given to Officer Markle, the complaint continues.

Teen Charged, Awaits Preliminary Hearing

As a result of the investigation, the previous charge listed was filed against the teen.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on June 4 in front of District Judge Gregory M Bazylak.

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