May 20, 2018
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Charges filed against Houlton teen involved in alleged knife wielding incident at school

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — A 15-year-old female accused of wielding a knife against a classmate at Houlton High School last month has been summoned for two misdemeanor charges stemming from the incident.

Houlton Police Officer Theron Bickford said on Wednesday evening that the student, who is not being named due to her age, was summoned for assault and terrorizing on Tuesday. She is scheduled to appear in Houlton District Court in August.

The incident, which involved the girl and another 15-year-old male student in social studies teacher Timothy Tweedie’s classroom, took place on May 28.

Tweedie had asked his students how their Memorial Day weekend had gone, according to Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin. The teacher told police that while no heated words were exchanged between the two students, the female student took a tactical-type knife with a 6-inch blade out of her book bag and allegedly charged toward the boy.

Tweedie stepped between them and then wrestled with the girl for control of the knife as she was trying to get free, Asselin reported.

Robert Kinens, who was teaching in a nearby classroom, heard the commotion and assisted Tweedie. They restrained the girl and tried to reason with her but were unable to get her to release the knife, according to the chief.

At that point, Principal Marty Bouchard came in the classroom and talked the student into dropping the knife.

Tweedie suffered bite marks, but was otherwise unharmed. The students were not injured, according to Asselin. The female student was taken to the hospital for a psychological evaluation.

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