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‘I Don't Blame a Kid for Taking a Weapon to School These Days': Lawyer for Stoneman Student Who Allegedly Brought Knife to School

Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mollica ordered 18-year-old Jordan Salter held on $12,500 bond

A relatively high bond was imposed Wednesday in a case involving a student who brought a knife to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one day after the same judge set a $500,000 bond for the brother of the shooting suspect for trespassing at the school.

Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mollica ordered 18-year-old Jordan Salter held on $12,500 bond after she brought a knife with a 2-inch blade to the school. Authorities arrested her after a confrontation with another student Tuesday in the school cafeteria.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that Salter attorney Brian Reidy called the high bond "out of control" and "ridiculous" at a hearing and blamed it on fear from last month's school shooting that killed 17 people.

"I don't know when we all hit the fear button when everything is such an absolute emergency," Reidy told the judge.

Reidy said Salter only took out the knife to keep the boy away after he confronted her and got in her face.

“Your honor she’s charged with pouring coffee on to a guy who made an extremely rude comment to her, and probably had it coming," he said. "I don’t blame a kid for taking a weapon to school, quite frankly, these days."

Salter was released on bond Wednesday evening.

"My daughter's never been in trouble, she should've never had a weapon," said her father, Scott, during the hearing.

The same judge on Tuesday imposed a $500,000 bond with numerous conditions on 18-year-old Zachary Cruz, brother of shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. Zachary Cruz is accused of trespassing at the school.

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