13-year-old boy stabs middle school teacher in the chest with an 8-inch butcher knife during altercation
According to the authorities in Gwinnett County, the unnamed minor is said to have used a butcher knife that he took with him in his school bag
A 13-year-old school student in Georgia has been accused of stabbing his teacher in the chest during a shouting match that took place in the class on October 22. According to the authorities in Gwinnett County, the unnamed minor is said to have used a butcher knife which had an eight-inch blade. The boy had the weapon with him in his school bag and he used it to attack his eighth-grade language arts teacher at the Trickum Middle School at around 2:30 p.m.
Principal Ryan Queen said in a statement that the knife-wielding teenager stabbed his teacher and then grabbed a female student. Fortunately, a school resource officer arrived at the scene at that time and was able to disarm the boy, the Daily Mail reported.
This is one brave kid. He talked down a knife-wielding classmate who had just stabbed a teacher and was holding a girl at knifepoint at Trickum Middle School yesterday. Watch my story at noon on @cbs46 . I’ll share how proud his dad & stepmom are. pic.twitter.com/zRqKlWtTN3— Rebekka Schramm (@SchrammCBS46) October 23, 2018
According to CBS46, the teacher, who has also not been named, was immediately rushed to a hospital. She was described as being conscious and aware of what happened as she spoke to the first responders to the scene. No other student who was in the classroom at that time suffered any injuries.
Gwinnett County Schools Director of Communications Sloan Roach told the station: "We will be looking at the situation. The bottom line is this is something that has never happened at this school before. This is something they're looking at and the school system is looking at as well."
The teen is now facing charges of aggravated assault and possessing a weapon on campus. He is currently being held at the Gwinnett County's Youth Detention Center. Mason Watler, a student at the Trickum Middle School, told WSB-TV that he put his jacket over the teacher's wound so that it could help stop the bleeding and also to distract his armed classmate.
Even though the police have not officially released a motive for the attack, Watler said that the unnamed attacker had told him before that he wanted to kill someone. The school was put on lockdown for sometime on October 22 afternoon following the attack but classes resumed again the next day with the added precaution of extra security. An eighth-grade trip was initially scheduled to take place on October 23 but was canceled due to the incident. It is reported to be rescheduled soon.
The statement that Principal Queen sent to the parents reads: "Dear Trickum Middle School Parents and Guardians, I need to share with you a serious incident that occurred at school this afternoon. A student has been taken into custody after stabbing one of our teachers during a class. This occurred in an 8th-grade language arts classroom. The student was immediately apprehended and all other students are safe. The teacher has been transported to an area hospital, but was conscious and talking to first responders. Again, all students and teachers are safe. We anticipate dismissing as usual. I will communicate more as additional information becomes available."