Middleberg student allegedly almost stabbed with pencil, threatened with shooting

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MIDDLEBERG, Okla. (KFOR) — The Grady County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a Middleberg student was allegedly almost stabbed with a pencil and then threatened he’d be shot by another student.

"He asked me if I heard what happened or what we were going to do about what happened at school, and I had no idea what he was talking about," Elissa Hale told News 4.

Turns out, Hale's 11-year-old son was talking about a situation that unfolded when her son was at school on Friday.

"They were in an assembly, and I guess the child, he told him to hush because he was talking and he was going to get them all in trouble, and he pretended to stab him in the face with a pencil," Hale said. "It escalated to, 'I'm gonna shoot you with my shotgun and I don't miss.'"

Shocked by what her son was telling her, and after allegedly not hearing from Middleberg Public Schools about the matter, Hale said she called the Grady County Sheriff's Office.

"The deputy that I talked to informed me that since I was not there, I was third party, that I couldn't file a report," Hale said.

However, Undersheriff Phil Blevins told News 4 that's not the case. He thinks there must have been some miscommunication.

"At a school, any time a threat is made, we're going to look into them and investigate thoroughly," Blevins said.

He said they're interviewing the student, who's been suspended. Blevins also said the district waited until Monday to report the incident.

"There are some guidelines they have to go through as far as notifying law enforcement as far as certain things happening at the school, and I don't know why we weren't notified," Blevins said.

When News 4 contacted the superintendent, Joel Read, to ask why, he sent us the following statement:

"All Middleberg Faculty and Staff take students’ safety very seriously, and we go to great lengths to ensure that our students are educated in a safe environment. Our staff was notified of the verbal threat by a student and that student was immediately removed from the classroom, the parent was notified, and the student was sent home until further investigation. At no time was a student “stabbed” or “almost stabbed”. At no time were any of our students in danger. A meeting was scheduled with the parents of the student, Grady County Sheriff’s Department, and Middleberg Staff. All information collected was turned over to the Grady County Sheriff."

Hale said she contacted the State Superintendent's Office because she was not happy with how the situation was handled. She heard back from Superintendent Joy Hofmeister who said she would be contacting the school.

"I never got contacted, and my kid was the one who was threatened," Hale said. "There's worse things that can happen than what happened to him, but this is where I feel like it starts."


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