By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times, published July 21, 2000
NEW PORT RICHEY -- A 15-year-old New Port Richey boy brought a steak knife to school and was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds on Tuesday, said Pasco sheriff's deputies.
The boy was attending summer classes at Gulf High School at 5355 School Road and had brought the knife -- which has a 5-inch blade -- to school to cut bread in class on Monday, then left it in his book bag by mistake, he told deputies.
He was arrested about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after several students told a deputy the boy had a knife in his book bag, according to a deputy's report.
The boy told deputies he was being "picked on" by some other students, but that was not the reason he had the knife, deputies said. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
It was unclear Thursday night whether he had been released.
The Times is withholding the boy's name because of his age.
WESLEY CHAPEL -- The 87th annual summer conference of the Florida Sheriff's Association will be held at the Saddlebrook Resort next week.
All of Florida's 67 sheriffs will meet to discuss law enforcement news, legal issues and child safety. Exhibitors and members of each sheriff's staff will also attend.
The conference is hosted by Pasco County Sheriff Lee Cannon. It begins at 8 a.m. on Monday and ends Wednesday morning.