UPDATE: Don Estridge Middle School Student Had Knife, No Gun Despite Claim

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Boca Raton Student Appears To Make Threat Against Kid Who Turned Him In…

School Officials, Parents, Students Call Whistleblower “A Hero.”

Social media post, allegedly by the student caught with a knife in Don Estridge Middle School on Monday, August 22, 2022. (Source: BocaNewsNow.com reader).

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Don Estridge High Tech Middle School student caught with a knife in the Boca Raton school yesterday apparently took to social media late Monday night to claim he didn’t just have a knife, but a gun. Multiple school officials speaking on the condition of anonymity tell BocaNewsNow.com that the claim just isn’t true.

“There was no gun,” said a source connected with Palm Beach County School District’s “Safe Schools” program. “There was a knife, and it was not a small knife, but there was no gun.”

As we reported Monday evening, school officials confirmed that a Don Estridge student “saw something and said something” which led to a student with a history of issues being searched. A knife — described as large — was found in his backpack. He was immediately turned over to the Palm Beach County School District police force which booked him into jail. Sources in the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office — which runs the jail — said the student was turned over to the “Juvenile Assessment Center” but said the department was not involved with his arrest.

Taking to social media Monday night, a student who identified himself as “Matthew” posted this: “I just got expelled from Don Estridge because that (redacted) kid reported me, I got searched, they found my machete and shotgun, and now I’m on the verge on being perma banned from schools.”

It was not immediately clear what, if any, protection was provided to the student who served as the whistleblower. Students are strongly encouraged to “say something” if they “see something” in school. The observant student is being called a “hero” by law enforcement, school officials, parents, students, and teachers reaching out to BocaNewsNow.com.

The Palm Beach County School District would not confirm the suspect’s identity, or discuss whether he has been suspended or expelled from school. The Palm Beach County School District has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to weapons. Per policy, the student will not be permitted back into school until after the school board determines his fate. Alternative learning environments — such as distance learning — may be offered in the interim.

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