A student at an alternative special education school in Meriden was arrested and charged Wednesday morning for allegedly carrying brass knuckles.
Carlos Santiago, 18, of 13 Webster St. Meriden, was charged with Possession of a Weapon at School for allegedly having brass knuckles on premises at the Venture Program at 883 Paddock Ave., according to Meriden Police Spokesman Det. Lt. Mark Walerysiak.
Walerysiak said a school councilor called Police at about 10 a.m. Wednesday after witnessing what the councilor thought was a drug deal.
Police arrived and investigated, and discovered no evidence of a drug transaction, but in patting down one of the students involved an officer discovered he was carrying brass knuckles.
Having a weapon in school is illegal, as is simply possessing brass knuckles.
"They're considered a dangerous weapon if you have them on you – it's like a switchblade," Walerysiak said.