Student charged after stabbing classmate with knife

Student charged after stabbing classmate with knife

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A DeRenne middle school student is behind bars after stabbing a fellow student with a knife.

School officials say the two female students had a history of not getting along, and bullying may have been a factor in the stabbing.

Officials say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday in the 7th grade hallway of DeRenne Middle School.

Authorities say a female student stabbed a fellow 13-year-old female student in the head, shoulder and right arm with a knife.

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening wounds. The school says they have a zero tolerance for weapons or violence and will take care of this matter accordingly.

"These are girls that are definitely not strangers to each other," said Savannah-Chatham County Public School System Chief of Police Ulysses Bryant Jr. "There is some type of, for lack of better of a better word, some type of relationship between them. I don't think it is of a friendly sort. To my understanding there have been previous incidents between these two girls."

On Tuesday, students were scanned with hand held metal detectors before entering the school, as result of this incident.

Officials say there was an exchange between the students through social media over the weekend, but it is hard them to monitor for these types of things, that is why parental supervision is so important.

"You got these instant messages that are exchanged over the weekend, during the night, over the cell phone and text messages," said Bryant. "It is a lot to deal with. There is a lot that can be done, but the parents also play a role in this. Somebody is paying for them and somebody needs to supervise."

Police say a female student has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon on school property and disrupting public school.

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