STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - The Statesboro Police Department arrested a suspect for aggravated assault at Statesboro High School on Monday.
Around noon on May 15, the Statesboro Police Department was notified by school officials of a potential stabbing. After an investigation, police determined a 17-year-old male had stabbed the victim in the back with a knife, according to a release from Statesboro Police.
Reports now show what may have started as a prank turned into assault charges.
A student pulled a knife and poked a classmate in the back with the blade. A school nurse treated the wound. But the legal issue won't go away as easily.
The superintendent of Bulloch County Schools assured parents that this wasn't an act of violence and students aren't in danger. Statesboro Police chief said, regardless, they must uphold the law and maintain safety.
Police initially described what happened as a potential stabbing incident. School leaders issued a statement that described it as horseplay, but something they had to report to police especially since in involved a knife and knives and other weapons are not allowed on campus.
The Statesboro Police chief says what happened qualified as a crime and they had to arrest the student.
"If two kids are messing around and one of them gets hurt, everybody can recognize that. The allegations in this case are that that's not what happened," said Statesboro Police Chief Mike Broadhead.
The chief says they'll complete their investigation and give that to the district attorney and it will be up to that office to present the case to a grand jury. The grand jury would decide whether the charges would be dropped or if the student would face trial.
The suspect is charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.
On Wednesday, the Bulloch County Superintendent released the following statement: