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Knife-wielding student stabs deputy at Union Pines High

Posted October 19, 2011
Updated October 20, 2011

— A Union Pines High School student was taken into custody Tuesday after ambushing and stabbing the school resource officer, officials said.

The unidentified student stabbed the school officer, Deputy Stephen Clark, 43, eight times in the back with an 8-inch knife, but Clark's body armor stopped the blows and he wasn't injured, according to an incident report.

The student was removed from the school campus, officials said, and he was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and possession of a weapon on school property.


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  • codystrait Oct 20, 2011

    For those complaining about this officer placing his hands on your child, obviously your juvenile delinquent needed hands placed on them! This officer took a knife, that could have been anyone's child, people should be thanking this man for being there. If this criminal pulled a knife on an officer, don't you think he wouldn't think twice about knifing another student. This wouldn't be in the news if this criminal obeyed the law and did not bring a knife to school!

  • wa4dou Oct 20, 2011

    "Kids are no different now than they were ten years ago, fifty years ago or two centuries ago. Every generation likes to imagine that the young people are "going down the tubes". How quickly we forget our own missteps."

    Untrue. Complete baloney!

  • moorechatham Oct 19, 2011

    As someone that works with MCS and was at the school later that day, the student did stabbed the officer, the bulletproof vest stopped the blade from penetrating, if not for the vest the officer would have been seriously hurt. Dr. Purser is trying to hush up the story, and that is not fair to the officer or his family.

  • nskenn Oct 19, 2011


  • GroundTroops Oct 19, 2011

    I just read on our local newspapers web site that the student stabbed the officer in the back. Charges have been filed and the student is in custody. Facts make better post.

  • GroundTroops Oct 19, 2011

    Whistier411 if you read my post I said I find it hard to believe that so many posters were making comments without the facts. Some were asking why wasn't the kid arrested. I was saying to wait for the fact and you will see that the kid was arrested and that the officer and the school handled the situation. To many times things are reported without gathering all of the fact and you see post on this site that make no sense. Read my post slowly and you will see that. I am very aware of the problems schools are having because of students not wanting to follow the rules.

  • beachboater Oct 19, 2011

    This kid is dangerous and out of control.

  • beachboater Oct 19, 2011

    "Hate to say this but in my days at U.P. we didn't have a school resource officer. Didn't need them. A teachers harsh glare or a threat to be sent to the principals office or guidance counselor was sufficient to keep most in line.

    Maybe if people would step back and ponder why things are the way they are today as compared to then. Pretty obvious things are getting worse instead of better. Not just in schools but in American society as well. We would do well to examine what has broken down and work on fixing it rather than just act surprised when these kinds of things keep happening." oldrebel

    You are so right olerebel. They need to bring dicipline back into the schools. Nobody supports the teachers, the BOE doesn't support the principal, the kids are supported by the parents and the board right on down let's them get away with it.

    This kid not only pulled the knife, but from what one poster said, he came close enough to cutting the officer that he did cut his shirt.

  • whistler411 Oct 19, 2011

    groundtroop, if you find it hard to believe a student would have a knife at school, maybe you should visit one sometime. Don't be naive.

  • saywhaaaaat Oct 19, 2011

    It all comes down to the parents any way you look at. I agree Mike H. its NOT the generation, But the parents that actually take the time to discipline their kids to make sure the schools don't have this problem. I know my father disciplined me well, I don't even talk negative in front of my parents although talk bad to my elders. I still RESPECT, OBEY and have the proper manners around other people.