Student: Girl threatened me with knife on school bus

11:16 AM, Apr 17, 2011   |    comments
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TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Three students at Astronaut High School in Titusville have been arrested for battery and retaliating against a fellow student who complained about being held at knifepoint on a school bus.

Justin Plourde, 17, said a girl threatened to stab him on a Brevard County school bus as they left school April 8. Plourde told his mother once he got home, but by then, the school was closed.

"Thank God my son did not get stabbed," said Ann Tarver, whose son has injuries on his face and arms.

Tarver said she called the school to complain on the following Monday.

Brevard County School officials confirm a student was searched on Monday as a result of Plourde's complaint that the girl held a knife to his throat on the bus. School officials said they found a knife, but would not discuss disciplinary actions. School officials said they alerted law enforcement upon finding the knife.

Tarver said the girl was disciplined but not arrested and allowed to go home on her son's bus.

"Why was she allowed to get on that bus with the victim?" said Tarver. "And why was she not arrested?"

Then on Wednesday, Plourde said the girl and two friends retaliated by attacking him at the post office.

"I saw her and a group of kids, and the first thing that came to my mind was to run," said Plourde. "This kid came up behind me and grabbed me by the back of my head and the back of my leg and threw me on the concrete and just started wailing on me. He just kept punching me and kicking me and told me if I ever got her expelled again, he would do the same thing."

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office and the school are investigating the knife incident.

The Brevard County District Attorney's Office said two of the students are on house arrest and the girl is still in juvenile detention. The juvenile judge did not yet charge the teens because while it's clear there was an attack, it's not clear if it was retaliation, because the girl has not yet been charged in connection with the knife threat.

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