A fifth-grade student at E.B. Morse Elementary School in Laurens County School District 55 brought a kitchen knife to school Thursday morning, according to Edward Murray, director of administrative services.

Murray said the student brought the knife in her backpack for protection from children in her neighborhood and told other students about it at school.

"She had it in her backpack at the bus stop apparently because she was concerned about problems with neighbors while she was at the bus stop," Murray said.

The knife was confiscated and no law enforcement was involved, but Principal Anna Brink made a call to all parents of students at the school letting them know about the incident.

Murray said the student did not have any malicious intent in bringing the knife.

"It is a serious conduct issue," Murray said. "It was just for her safety."