A 12 year old student from Prescott Valley has been expelled from school after a box cutter was found in his backpack. Jake Jackson with Prescott Valley Police says the boy had claimed he had been packing a gun to school, but no firearm was found.

Jackson says the suspect admitted to making that claim to “sound cool” and impress his friends. As for the box cutter which Jackson says the suspect clearly had, the boy told police he carried it for protection for his walks to and from school.

Jackson says there’s no evidence the suspect was bullied, but he’s gotten in trouble with the law before. It’s now up to Yavapai County Juvenile authorities whether to press charges against the boy.

–Barbara Villa