Officers release photos of mask, butcher knife Rowan Co. student used to scare others at school

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ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A West Rowan Middle School resource officer told WSOC he heard students screaming and running from the lunch area on Tuesday morning.

The students were running from a 14-year-old boy who was waving a 12-inch butcher knife wildly in the air. The suspect was wearing a rubber clown mask.

The officer, Danny Lindley, told the student to drop the knife, but he continued to wave it with his right hand. Lindley pulled his baton from his duty belt and continued to tell the student to drop the knife while moving closer to him.

When the student didn’t drop the knife, Lindley used his baton to strike the student’s right forearm with three strikes, which caused the student to drop the knife.

Officials say another 10-inch butcher knife was found in the student’s bag.

No students or staff suffered injuries during this incident.

The student was transported to a medical center, where he was being evaluated and having an X-ray done on his right arm.

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