Two Lebanon boys were each ordered to complete 20 hours of community service as part of their punishment for involvement in an incident during which three knives were carried into Lebanon High School.
During a court hearing today, Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Kirby also barred them from possessing weapons, ordered them to pay $65 in court costs, placed them on probation and suspended 90-day sentences in local detention.
The judge referred to cases of violence involving weapons across the country.
“Nobody knows who’s capable of doing something that’s going to make the headlines,” Kirby said.
The boys — one a 15-year-old from Lebanon, the other a 17-year-old from Clearcreek Twp. — admitted to attempting to convey a deadly weapon into a school safety zone.
One said he carried a box-cutter knife into school to sell to another student. The other said he kept in his locker three knives confiscated during the investigation.
They were charged on Oct. 6, several weeks after another boy who was sentenced last week in his case.
The boy in the earlier case was originally charged with threatening another student with the knife, and he later admitted that he brought a knife to the high school on Sept. 15 to protect himself from another student.
Last Monday, he was placed on probation and ordered to complete 30 hours of community service for conveying a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.
Unlike in the case of the first boy charged, Lebanon Officer Stephen Drake said in his complaints the two boys in court Monday “did bring a knife to Lebanon High School, but did not threaten anyone. Warren County wanted charges filed.”
After the Sept. 15 incident, school officials reported finding multiple knives after students reported that they had either seen or heard about the knives.
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