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Hampton middle school student accused of robbing teacher at knifepoint for cell phone

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Mar 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 17:27:58-04

Hampton, Va. – A 14-year-old Hampton student was arrested Tuesday after police say he robbed a teacher at knifepoint for a cell phone.

This happened at Davis Middle School in the 1400 block of Todds Lane.

Officers responded to the situation at 5:28 p.m.

They say the student was in an after school class when the incident occurred.

Police say after the student took the cell phone from the staff member, he ran away but was detained by another employee in the hallway until officers arrived.

Officers arrived and arrested the student.

No one else was in the classroom when the incident occurred and no one was hurt. Police say this incident was gang related.

The student was charged with robbery, possession of a weapon on school property and gang participation.

The student is now in juvenile detention.

The following message was sent out to parents after the incident:

Greetings Davis Bulldog Families.  This is Principal Whiteman.  In an effort to prevent the spread of rumors and misinformation, I would like to share the following information with you. Late yesterday afternoon, after a majority of our students had left the building, a teacher encountered a student with a knife who attempted to take some of her personal belongings.  The student was subdued quickly and no one was harmed in this situation. 

The incident was reported to the Hampton Police Department, and the student will be disciplined according to the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. The safety and security of our students and staff is a high priority at Davis Middle School, and I appreciate your cooperation and support.  Have a wonderful evening.