FARMINGTON, Maine — A second-grader at the Mallett School in Farmington has been suspended from school for 10 days for opening a jackknife on a school bus and making threats toward a younger student, RSU 9 Superintendent Tom Ward said.

The incident happened on the way to school Tuesday morning, he said.

“The police are involved and it is our understanding that charges are pending,” Ward said.

The 8-year-old boy was sitting two seats behind the bus driver when he made threats to a 6-year-old boy, he said.

The bus driver thought at the time that it was better to tell the child to put the knife away rather than try to wrestle it away since they were so close to school, Ward said. The bus driver radioed ahead to alert the principal.

Principal Tracy Williams met the school bus, and the 8-year-old was removed from the bus and the knife was given to the principal, he said.

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