A 16-year-old boy was arrested Monday for allegedly carrying four knives at Carlsbad High School almost a month ago, according to an incident report filed with the Carlsbad Police Department

Vice Principal Jacqueline Northcutt contacted Carlsbad Police Feb. 28 in regards to a male student who had reportedly been carrying two small folding knives, one larger folding knife and a 6-inch lock blade in his backpack while at school, according to the report.

Northcutt said his backpack was being searched by a security guard for possible drugs when the knives were found, according to the report. Three cans of chewing tobacco were also found and confiscated, according to the report

The report also stated that the boy explained to Northcutt that he had cleaned his room the night before because his probation officer was coming by the house. He reportedly said that he had forgotten to take the knives out of his backpack before going to school.

After his stepfather reportedly admitted the knives were his and that he didn't know how his son got a hold of them, they were photographed by police and returned back to the father and the boy was released, according to the report.

A probable cause statement was written on charges of unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises and his probation officer, Margine Miller, stated that the teen had violated his probation, according to the report.

Following the approval of the statement, District Court Judge Shuler Gray issued an arrest warrant.

"Sometimes an arrest can be made on the spot.


Other times, we submit the paperwork to obtain an arrest warrant. We work a lot with the District Attorney to determine whether charges are suitable," CPD Lt. Jennifer Moyers said.

It can take quite a bit of time to bring an arrestee down to the station, Moyers said. "We try and really stay available at the schools, in case they need us," she said.

As for the teen, he'll have the chance to go through the court system and a right to trial, she said. "I think with juveniles, it depends a lot about what they've done in the past. If you're a repeat offender, you could spend some time in the Juvenile Detention Center," Moyers said.

Moyers said on occasion, somebody will bring a weapon to school and not have an explanation for it.

"I've seen cases where kids have brought them because they think they're gonna be jumped, but more often, it's usually a mistake and we try and handle all of the cases open-mindedly," she said.