12-inch knife brought into middle school, no threat to students - WNEM TV 5

12-inch knife brought into middle school, no threat to students

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(Source: Bay City Police) (Source: Bay City Police)
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Nathan Tacey said he was shocked that a knife was brought into Handy Middle School last week.

"I was stunned. It was like amazing. You know a knife in middle school?" Tacey said.

According to court records, 20-year-old Austin Donahue was at the school on April 7.

He claimed he wanted to give his brother, a student at the school, a message for their mother. Court records go on to state the two were talking in the doorway of the principal's office.

He allegedly admitted to a police officer that he had a 12-inch knife.

The documents said that Donahue is homeless and has the weapon for protection. The defendant claims he forgot he had the blade on him.

The superintendent did released a statement:

"Individual was buzzed into the office. The principal felt the man's behavior was out of the ordinary so he alerted the resource officer. He was escorted to a secure site. When questioned whether he had drugs or a weapon he indicated that he had a knife. The officer took the knife and he was arrested. No students or staff were effected."

But that doesn't make Tacey feel any better about what happened here.

"It's a big thing. I think it's a really big thing," Tacey said.

Bay City Police insist that while this man was found with a knife, he was never a threat to any of the students.

Capt. Joseph Lanava believes Donahue made a poor decision. But he's glad a resource officer was there to address the situation.

"Although he didn't make any threats of violence or his intention of being at the school," Lanava said. "We don't believe the children were in any kind of danger – still it's unacceptable to have that kind of weapon in a school zone."

Donahue is facing two criminal charges related to the incident. He's due back in court later this month.

Tacey said he's having second thoughts about where his son will attend middle school in the future.

"I hope I can get my kid in John Glenn next year. That's what I'm hoping," Tacey said.

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