Editor's Note: This article was updated on Sept. 27 at 11:16 a.m. to include information from the Revere school district superintendent. The previous report did not include information from the district because no one could be reached.
No one was harmed by the child's knife, but he did puncture at hole in the seat in front of him at some point during the ride, Randy Boroff said. The boy also got into a fight with the student in front of him.
Police Chief Michael McNeely said the boy was seen on video fighting with the student in front of him about a cell phone. The boy hit the victim in the head several times before the victim turned around and started defending himself by punching back.
The bus driver intervened, and the fight was finished, Boroff said.
At some point either before or after the scuffle, the sophomore then pulled out a knife and jammed it through the seat, McNeely said. The victim was not harmed.
Police arrested the student and charged him with delinquency by way of possession of a deadly weapon (a felony), and delinquency by way of criminal damaging (a misdemeanor), McNeely said.
The student was suspended from school.
"We don't know when the puncture happened," Boroff said. "We've handled it as a school incident. If the police thought he was threatening with the knife, they would have charged him with assault."
Boroff continued, "When we investigate, we take our time and we talk to the bus driver and other kids and no one can say when that puncture was put in."
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