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17-year-old faces attempted murder for allegedly stabbing student at South Greene

Posted: Updated: Sep 24, 2013 06:33 PM
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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

A teenager is in custody and another remains in the hospital after a stabbing at an area high school. As investigators try to piece together the motive, Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns says the 17-year-old suspect is charged with attempted first degree murder.

The incident happened this morning at South Greene High School. Sheriff Burns tells us a male student pulled a knife from his waistband and stabbed a 15-year-old student in the back while in the cafeteria. The school then went on lockdown.

"During that time frame, the assailant, it appears that he was at a table behind the victim. He got up, pulled a knife from his waistband, walked over to the other table and started stabbing the victim," said Sheriff Steve Burns.

Sheriff Burns says the victim managed to escape to a hallway, where the suspect attempted to follow, but was stopped.

"There was actually a female student that jumped up from the table and more or less tackled the assailant," said Sheriff Burns.

Sheriff Burns says the victim was air-lifted to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

Greene County Director of Schools Dr. Vicki Kirk says this is the first stabbing, to her knowledge, at South Greene.

"It's not even normal for us to have lots of fights," said Dr. Vicki Kirk.

Many say they just can't believe it.

"It doesn't feel real, like it actually happened," said Latawnna Smith, who graduated from South Greene in June.

Some say they are now worried that this will happen again.

"I have grand kids that will be going there and it just makes me so afraid," said Mary Gregg, who lives within a mile of the school.

Dr. Kirk says in this instance, faculty and staff did all they could. She says preventing this stabbing may not have been possible.

"When something like this happens you always stop and reflect, and ask yourself could this have been prevented. I don't think it could have," said Dr. Kirk.

Again, the 15-year-old stabbing victim is currently in stable condition. And Sheriff Burns says the 17-year-old suspect will appear in court Friday morning for the attempted first degree murder charge.

Dr. Kirk says she is proud of the way her students and faculty reacted to the stabbing, especially that female student who took the accused attacker to the ground. Dr. Kirk also told us additional counselors were at the school today for students and staff. She says they will remain until they are no longer needed.

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