COLD SPRING, Minn. (WCCO) –– A student could be expelled for up to a year after bringing a knife to ROCORI Middle School Wednesday.

Superintendent Scott Staska said other students spotted the weapon and reported it to the principal, who secured the girl suspected of having the knife.

Staska said the knife was “an extended pocketknife.”

No one was hurt in the incident and it does not appear that it was connected to a threat.

It is not clear how the girl will be punished, but Staska said the district will follow the state’s weapon policy, which means she could be expelled for up to a year.

This is the second weapon-related incident at the school this month. The first occurred on April 12, when a student brought a gun to school and allegedly threatened another student with it.

Comments (16)
  1. Jane says:

    What in the world is going on at this school? I’m not trying to blame anyone here; I just could not imagine what these kids are thinking? First a school shooting that leaves some dead, then a kid brings a gun to school, and not long after another brings a knife. Whatever is the cause, there are some serious problems here.

  2. JamieinMN says:

    Wait, what?!?!!? Uh. What is a child, let alone a GIRl doing with a knife?!?!!

  3. TW says:

    I have no idea what an ‘extended pocketknife’ is. Can this be narrowed down for us? Was this a Swiss Army Knife, a stiletto, a small machete, bowie or Kabar? This kid is well on the way to becoming a career pocketknife carrier. Way to go that it was a young lady, I hope she is from a family that understands that a knife is usually a tool, even in a theater of war where our US troops rarely if ever need a knife for more than chores as a tool.

  4. Ellen says:

    I believe this is a sign of ongoing bullying at Rocori. Kids are bringing weapons because they feel a need to protect themselves, because the school and it’s staff aren’t doing their jobs. Serious problems at Rocori…glad my grandkids don’t go there!

    1. JamieinMN says:

      This can happen ANYWHERE, including your grandchildren’s school. It’s probably happening right now, you just DON’T see it. And maybe one of these days YOUR grandchild might bring a knife to school….anything can happen.

      1. Todd W Olson says:

        That’s right JamieMN, and that’s why it’s important never to criticize anyone for anything, ever!!!! Anything could happen…

        1. JamieinMN says:

          Eh I wouldn’t say never, I do like to criticize sometimes when there is room. But I do see your point.

    2. Denise says:

      For someone who states they do not have a student in the school you seem to feel you are well informed. My son DOES go to school there. This is not an isolated incident to Rocori but given Rocori’s past the media is quick to put the school in the limelight. Please try to keep it all in perspective.

    3. Missy says:

      I am a Senior at ROCORI right now. And its not just happening at our school. The media needs to find other things to talk about. This kids are obviously troubled..maybe want attention because they get none. You can look at them as bad kids or you can try and understand.

      Plus what about the two 14 year old girls that commit suicide together this one wants to talk about that do they…you ever think that maybe if these kids didnt bring weapons to school they would do the opposite and kill themselves…its more then obvious they are trying to tell us something…attention usually means “help me” because they dont know how to ask.

  5. Common Sense says:

    **************Newsflash for Jamie****************
    Where kids consistently bring weapons to a place with a known strong policy against it, its NOT random. There’s a problem.

    1. JamieinMN says:

      The only reason you KNOW is because the media is reporting it. Kids bring contraband to school everyday but you don’t hear about it because they don’t get caught/it doesn’t get reported, etc. COMMON SENSE. I can see you’re lacking in that area.

    2. Captain Sarcasm says:

      I didnt know two times in a year was considered consistently.

  6. Jon says:

    I happen to be a senior at ROCORI Highschool. Although it seems to me a students view on anything is completely overlooked…i dont believe bullying is the root cause of these instances…i believe the children that bring these weapons to school have deeper issues stemming from many other events in their life…now I could go on ranting about this forever but just take it from this students point of view thank you and in the words of maralyn manson when questioned what he would ask the students who witnessed the colombine incident “i wouldn’t say anything, I would listen, cuz that’s what no one else did.”

  7. alexandria, ROCORI GRAD '10 says:

    just for everyone who’s “SO GLAD” their children don’t go to ROCORI, you guys don’t know what you’re talking about. I graduated from ROCORI last year and i can tell you it’s hell of a lot better than your kids school. Teachers know every kid’s name, and the staff really care about the students. And by the way, there’s bullying in every high school. And every middle school. And every elementary school. Not just ROCORI. And plus, the media has nothing to talk about, so obviously they love turning this into a big issue. Yes, there have been incidents at ROCORI. But there have been at other schools too. So just because a couple of kids have made bad decisions lately, does not mean that you are entitled to put yourself on a pedestal and judge everyone else. Find something better to do than pick apart a middle school girl.

  8. races says:

    u know the problem? it the dumb white kids, that it.

  9. Megan says:


    I graduated from ROCORI as well, and I was very moved by your post. You’re right, we need to spend more time listening. It happens everywhere and we need to spend more time asking “Why?”, “What’s going on?” instead of pointing fingers. Thanks so much for sharing the student’s perspective.

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