Montello Elementary School student cut by razor found in putty

The school principal said the student’s teacher found a consumable razor in a jar of therapeutic putty, which is made available to students as a calming tool.

LEWISTON, Maine – A kindergarten student in Lewiston was cut Friday by a consumer razor found in a jar of putty.

In a letter to parents on Tuesday, Montello Elementary School principal Jim Cliffe said a student reported to his teacher that he was bleeding in his hand. A school nurse administered basic first aid and no further medical treatment was required, according to Cliffe.

At the end of the school day, the teacher found a consumer razor in a jar of therapeutic putty made available to students as a calming tool. The teacher returned it and immediately notified the school administration, Cliffe’s letter says.

After Cliffe said Tuesday that the school was investigating the incident, Lewiston police spokesman Derrick St. Laurent told NEWS CENTER Maine on Wednesday that the school’s investigation was complete. He said police did not plan to investigate further.

St. Laurent said the razor involved in the incident was the only one found, and officials still don’t know how it got into the putty. He said police do not consider the incident a criminal matter.

“If your child has expressed any concerns or feelings of unease, please let us know,” Cliffe said in her letter to parents. “We have a number of resources available to help you, including our school counselor and social workers.”

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Martha K. Merrill