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Merced High teen arrested after school reports knife threats

A 14-year-old Merced High School boy was arrested by Merced police Tuesday after an officer at the school was informed the teen had threatened another student with a knife.

Merced Police Lt. Andre Matthews said the boy was expelled from school after police searched him and discovered a seven-inch long folding knife in his pocket.

The threats came to light around 8 a.m. Tuesday, after a 14-year-old girl informed Officer Richard Macchia that her former boyfriend had threatened to "shoot her and cut her up with one of his knives," Matthews said.

The girl also told the officer that the boy gave her a threatening look, causing her to believe that he actually planned on harming her. "She knew that meant trouble, so she right away contacted Officer Macchia," Matthews said.

After police searched the boy and found the weapon, he was immediately placed under arrest on suspicion of possessing a weapon on school grounds. Matthews said police are currently looking for other witnesses in the case.

The boy remains at Merced County Juvenile Hall, Matthews said.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or