CROWN POINT | A school resource officer responded to Col. John Wheeler Middle School on Thursday for a fistfight and found a Bowie knife in a backpack belonging to one of the boys involved in the brawl, police said.
The knife was not used in the fight, Crown Point Assistant Police Chief Jim Janda said.
The school resource officer determined one of the boys purchased the knife before the fight from a third boy in a bathroom at the school, he said. After buying the knife, the boy put it in his backpack, walked out of the bathroom and got into a fistfight, Janda said.
All three boys are seventh-graders, he said.
The school resource officer responded to the school between 9:30 and 10 a.m. for the fight, Janda said.
The officer heard from other students that one of the boys in the fight had purchased a knife, he said. The officer found a Bowie knife in the boy's backpack, and the boy admitted he'd purchased it from another student, Janda said.
The boy who allegedly bought the knife and then fought was taken to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of battery and possession of a knife on school property, Janda said.
The boy who allegedly sold the knife was taken to the juvenile center on a charge of possession of a knife on school property, he said.
The second boy in the fight was released to his parents and is expected to face a battery charge, Janda said.
Crown Point Community School Corp. Superintendent Teresa Eineman said in an email that the district sent a message to parents Thursday morning informing them of the situation.
Wheeler Middle School Principal Tim Vassar's message to parents said a knife was found in a backpack and two students were transported to the Crown Point Police Department.
"No students were injured or threatened in this account," Vassar's message reads. "Please understand that our students are safe and that this matter was handled quickly, efficiently, and effectively while maintaining the safe school that it has always been."
The district uses information provided by parents to distribute information electronically via the School Messenger system, Eineman said.