PD: Student threatens to stab teacher; knife found in backpack

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police say officials at Sevilla West School found a knife in a student's backpack after she allegedly threatened to stab her teacher on Monday.

The 13-year-old girl was booked into Juvenile Court Center on threatening and intimidating charges.

Sgt. Steve Martos said the suspect told a fellow student that she intended on stabbing one of her teachers at the end of the school day and displayed a knife she had concealed in her backpack.

The fellow student told school officials about the threat and they removed the suspect from class. Martos said the officials found an 8-inch kitchen knife in the girl's possession and detained her until police arrived.

The suspect reportedly admitted her intent to school officials but did not say why she planned to stab the 38-year-old female teacher, according to Martos.

Officers attempted to speak with the suspect, but she refused to cooperate.

"The Phoenix Police Department commends the student who came forward to report this activity," Martos said in a media release. "Though it may be a difficult decision to make on the part of students, this decision could very well have saved a life." 

Martos also commended the quick response of school officials.

The middle school is located near 39th and Missouri avenues. It is part of the Alhambra Elementary School District.