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Student faces aggravated assault charges in school stabbing incident

Bibb County sheriff’s deputies, Bibb County BOE police and the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department were among responders to a reported stabbing at Ballard-Hudson Middle School on Nov. 7.
Bibb County sheriff’s deputies, Bibb County BOE police and the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department were among responders to a reported stabbing at Ballard-Hudson Middle School on Nov. 7. lcorley@macon.com

A Bibb County student accused of stabbing a classmate last week was charged with aggravated assault and will face prosecution.

The incident happened in the eighth-grade hallway of Ballard-Hudson Middle School just before noon Nov. 7. The accused student is 14 years old, and the victim is 15.

Campus police officer Terry Thomas was meeting with principal Eclan David when hall monitor Mitchell Samas “knocked on the door hysterically, stating ‘a kid had been gotten stabbed,’” according to Thomas’ incident report, released to The Telegraph Tuesday.

School nurse Amanda O’Gorman tended to the victim, whose vital signs were normal, until emergency medical workers arrived and took him to the emergency room at the Medical Center, Navicent Health.

Hall monitor Antwan Foster said he and Samas had spoken with the two students earlier about gang-related issues and fighting, but no one else was alerted to the conflict between the two, the report said.

“The accused admitted that during the fight in the hallway, he took out a pocket knife and stabbed the victim three times, once in the chest, once in the back and once in his side,” Thomas wrote.

The accused student was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center and then to the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center, where he was booked on aggravated assault charges.

“I want a school that is safe for my staff and my students,” school Superintendent Curtis Jones said Thursday after a school board work session. “I’ll be honest, the last two incidents have given me concern, and the staff understands that we’re going to up our security level to make sure everybody is safe.”

The day after the stabbing incident, a teacher at Ballard-Hudson was taken to the hospital for evaluation after being hit in the back of the head with a locker padlock in the seventh-grade hallway, according to the school district. Campus police determined that the lock was tossed “recklessly into the air” and not thrown intentionally at the teacher.

Ballard-Hudson administrators and staff have discussed expectations with students and encouraged them to reach out to school employees if they have issues, Jones said. They’ve also communicated with parents about their expectations. Horseplay and insults can lead to fights, he said, and that kind of behavior will not be tolerated anymore.

Andrea Honaker: 478-744-4382, @TelegraphAndrea

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