A student at the alternative school at Hutchings Career Center was cut on the face Monday, and a 17-year-old there was charged in the attack.
Jacinta Deshazier was charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds and disrupting a public school after allegedly using a box cutter to cut a 16-year-old girl on the left side of her face just after 11:30 a.m., according to a Bibb County campus police report. The victim’s name was redacted from the report.
The incident happened as students were returning from the cafeteria and were in the hallway, the report stated. Deshazier was later taken to the Bibb County jail, said schools spokesman Donald Porter.
The 16-year-old student’s wound was a superficial cut, and she was not hospitalized, he said.
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Deshazier told campus police the box cutter was in her wallet and wrapped inside her money when she arrived at school and that she later placed it in her bra, according to the report.
School officials didn’t find any additional weapons on students when they checked them with metal-detector wands after the incident, a routine that students go through at the alternative school, Porter said. Parents also were sent a letter about the incident.
The alternative school at Hutchings is one of three new such schools that opened this year for students who have had trouble in school, ranging from repeated acts of bullying, fighting or selling drugs to becoming physically violent against a school employee.
Porter said the system will increase its public safety presence at the school and have hall monitors in place in the coming weeks.
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