UPDATE: Charges filed after stabbing at high school

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) -- UPDATE 11/13/17 @ 11:50 p.m.
Paintsville Police tell WYMT charges have been filed following a stabbing at Johnson Central High School Friday.

Officials said two male students got into a fight during lunch.
One student pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the other student in the abdomen.

Johnson Central High School Principal, Noel Crum said Monday morning school officials along with Paintsville Police met with the student body to discuss safety.

"So we did have a meeting this morning with the entire student body just to reiterate procedures to let them know that obviously there is never a time that you would be allowed to bring any type of a pocket knife on to school grounds," Crum said.

Crum said he is thankful police and first responders arrived at the school quickly.

He said the student injured was sent straight to the hospital.

"As the evening went on we learned there were a lot of complications and the young man actually required two surgeries," Crum said.

Crum and Paintsville Police said the student is recovering from surgery and is in stable condition.



UPDATE 11/10/17 @ 6:26 p.m.
A student is in the hospital, and one is in custody after an alleged stabbing at Johnson Central High School Friday morning.

School officials say it happened in a transition time between lunch and a Veteran's Day assembly, just before 11 a.m. when an "altercation" between the two students started and one allegedly stabbed the other in the stomach with a pocket knife.

Surrounding students quickly got the attention of school staff, who detained the student while they waited for police.

Principal Noel Crum tells WSAZ once the situation was calmed and police and EMS had taken over, he immediately prepared a statement and sent out a one call to parents updating them on the situation.

"Obviously in this day and age of social media, things get leaked out and things can grow into something greater than what happened," Crum said. "I got one phone call that came from a news media source asking if we were on lockdown and if there was an intruder or things of that nature in the building."

In a statement released by the district, administrators say, "We also want to thank the many parents who were supportive and thankful for the quick response to the situation. We know some parents had made comments that they were frustrated or upset that they were not contacted sooner. We want to assure you that we sent communication out to all parents as quickly as possible. We think everyone would agree that our first priority in any situation is to make sure that our students are safe and secure."

Crum says he plans to address the situation with the student body next week and briefly talked to them Friday after the fact.

Counselors will be available next week for any students who may have been disturbed by what happened.

The names of the students are not being released because they are minors.

It is unclear what charges the student could face. Paintsville Police say that will be determined by the commonwealth attorney and case workers after evidence is handed over to them.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/10/17 @ 11:21 a.m.
A student has been detained Friday after allegedly stabbing another student at Johnson Central High School in Kentucky.

The Johnson County Sheriff tells WSAZ that the student responsible for the stabbing has been detained and they also recovered the weapon that was used, as well.

The student who was stabbed was taken to the hospital, but the sheriff tells WSAZ that he was alert when he was transported.

The sheriff says there is currently no threat to students at the school.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



 
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