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A suspended junior high school pupil faces felony assault charges after sneaking back into his school and trying to stab the assistant principal with a butcher knife.

Javon L. Smith, 16, mingled with other students Friday to walk past a security guard at North Junior High School, then went to the office of Assistant Principal Joyce Mucci.

Mucci told police that Smith barged into her office, pulled a 10-inch butcher knife from his shirt and charged her, yelling, "Why did you suspend me?"

As Mucci pleaded with the student to stop, he punched her in the face, knocking her back into a chair.

Smith tried to charge toward Mucci again but was grabbed by a security guard who wrestled the knife out of the youth's hand.

Smith was charged with two counts of second-degree felony assault, felony second-degree burglary and misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon.

Students said their school has metal detectors, but they rarely are used.

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