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Father: Classmate Threatened 6-Year-Old Son With A Pocket Knife

BEAVER, Pa. (KDKA) -- A Beaver County father pulled his 6-year-old son out of school this week after he says the boy was threatened by a fellow student who brought a knife to school.

"You watch everything on the news and you see this and it doesn't hit home until it actually hits home," says David Ree, the boy's father.

Ree says his first grader was at College Square Elementary School Friday when another classmate pulled out a pocket knife, showed it to his son and said, "I could kill you with this."

"When the threat was made and my son saw the knife, he raised his hand, tried to do the right thing, and was reprimanded and told not to disrupt the class," said Ree.

Ree says the class was being taught by a substitute teacher, and that it wasn't until his son and another classmate notified a full-time teacher about the knife that the situation was handled.

Beaver Area School District Superintendent John Hansen confirmed that a student brought the pocket knife, less than three inches, into the elementary school and that a threat was made.

"The child has been suspended pending an investigation and won't be back in school until he is deemed not to be a threat," said Hansen. "He will undergo assessments and psychologist counseling."

Ree says he pulled his son out of classes this week and met with the superintendent to make sure proper steps are taken for future safety.

"For my 6-year-old son to look at me and tell me that he's afraid to go to school because he's not sure this kids going to come back mad or with a bigger weapon, it's heartbreaking," says Ree.

Ree says he will allow his son to go back to school Wednesday, and that he will have a counselor with him to make sure he's okay. He says school officials told him when the other student who brought the knife comes back, he will be monitored and in another classroom.

The Beaver Police Department is aware of this situation and has been present for some of it, but says the school district is handling things.

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