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Principal of Jefferson Lighthouse accused of bringing knife to school

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Racine elementary school principal is in trouble after showing an employee her pocket knife.

Under state law, it is illegal for anyone to have a dangerous weapon on school grounds and is considered a misdemeanor. Racine police say the principal at Jefferson Lighthouse School didn't know that when she was arrested last month.

According to the police report, principal Heidi Williams showed the school's janitor her folding pocket knife. It says she opened it then put it back in her backpack. No one was injured or threatened in the incident.

The district released the following statement,

"The District takes these allegations very seriously and we hold all of our employees to high standards. We have taken appropriate and immediate action. We're working closely with the staff at Jefferson to ensure continuation of leadership and focus on our students' learning."

According to the report, the teacher says she is trained to use the knife and keeps it only for her protection and that she was confiding that to the custodian because she trusted him.

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