The Panther Valley School Board on Thursday expelled/suspended a second-grade student for three days for violating the district's weapons policy.

The student, who was not identified, was barred from the classroom from Dec. 4 through today for bringing a small pocket knife onto school grounds.

Superintendent Rosemary Porembo said the child readily admitted to having the knife, and was remorseful.

She said no one was hurt, and that the student was punished as required under the district's zero-tolerance policy, which applies regardless of whether or not the policy was intentionally violated.

The expulsion/suspension was short and concurrent because interviews with the child and the parents made it clear there was no intentional wrongdoing.