SAVANNAH, GA – Instead of preparing for finals and getting ready for summer vacation, one 7th grade student is now facing charges of aggravated assault and disrupting school.
A 13 year old girl stabbed another student in the back and shoulder with a kitchen knife. The victim suffered non-life threatening wounds.
Public School System Chief of Police Ulysses Bryant says the girls are not strangers to each other. He also says teachers and students witnessed what happened. He thinks the incident might have been fueled by social media and nasty messages being thrown about.
“And then you’ve got bullying or these instant messages that are exchanged over the weekend and at night, over the cell phone, text messages. It’s a quite a bit to deal with,” states Bryant. “Parents also play a role in it. Somebody is paying for the cell phones, and someone should pay attention to the use of them.”
After the incident, metal detectors greeted DeRenne Middle School students as they entered the school building the next morning.
“No weapons, no drugs. Zero tolerance. But weapons are strictly prohibited. In this case, we believe the weapon that was used in this assault was a knife blade. And she’s been charged accordingly,” states Bryant.
The student will have a hearing Wednesday morning.
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