Student arrested on suspicion of bringing knife to Rock Bridge High School

Saturday, September 13, 2008 | 3:53 p.m. CDT; updated 2:23 a.m. CDT, Sunday, September 14, 2008

COLUMBIA - A Rock Bridge High School student was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon Thursday after school officials reported he had shown a knife to students on a school bus on Wednesday. As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, the student, Justin Goacher, 17, was being held at Boone County Jail with a bail of $2,000.

Goacher had shown a knife to fellow students on a school bus on Wednesday, and students alerted the school's resource officer the next day, Rock Bridge Principal Kathy Ritter said. When Goacher was called to the school's office and asked about the knife, he took it out of his backpack. The resource officer then filed a police report, and Goacher was arrested.

"He didn't threaten anyone; he just said he was goofing around with it," Ritter said.

Ritter also said that Goacher had not shown the knife to anyone at the school before he went to the office.

On Friday morning, Columbia Public School administrators met to discuss safety measures in the district. The incident at Rock Bridge was not discussed in particular, Assistant Superintendent for Student Support Services Lynn Barnett said, but the administrators were considering adding more law enforcement at the noon hour at Hickman High School after a fight involving six students attracted police on Thursday. They also discussed adding another safety resource officer at Hickman.


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Charles Dudley Jr September 13, 2008 | 4:37 p.m.

When will this school district pull it's head out of the sand and stop being so complacent in how it handles these types of incidents in the future? Wake up people your complacency is going to lead to some poor innocent kid getting killed one of these days then who will be to blame then or where will the fingers be pointed to or at?

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Ray Shapiro September 13, 2008 | 7:52 p.m.

Student arrested on suspicion of bringing knife to Rock Bridge High School
Saturday, September 13, 2008 | 3:09 p.m. CDT

He removed the knife from his backpack in the school's office and was arrested on suspicion of bringing a knife to school.
How'd the knife get into his backpack?
RockBridge principal Ritter protects her precious student by implying that the knife was no threat. The student was just goofing around...Until someone gets stabbed. Then he'd be arrested for suspicion of making someone bleed.

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Mark Foecking September 14, 2008 | 7:21 a.m.

What can the school district do, other than what they are already doing? They caught the kid - this shows they are at least trying to keep weapons out of the schools.

Bring on the metal detectors. After that, I don't know what else they can do.


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