Middle School Locked Down After Knife Fight

A knife fight broke out this afternoon in McCracken Middle School's cafeteria in Bluffton. None of the students' injuries appear to be life-threatening, but three different students are facing charges and one has been transported to Savannah for medical care.

The morning had been going normally until a couple of eight graders go angry at each other during lunch. "They started an argument in the lunch room over one wanting to borrow some money or something," Chief John Brown of the Bluffton PD told us. "And it escalated to, when they were coming down the hall, one student pulled out a knife on the other one and began fighting, stabbing."

The hallway turned into chaos, with four students getting cut or stabbed before police and school officials put HE McCracken on lockdown.

"There was a period of time when students were taken back into their regular classrooms and contained until the situation was firmly under control," said district spokesman Ginger Hopkins.

It was during that time that police discovered a fifth student was involved, who had picked up one of the knives and hidden it.

Two different knives involved in the fight were both brought to school by the same student. One was a pocket knife and the other a penknife.

Police expect to charge the students as adults and have not yet released any names.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com