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Nash teen charged with attempted murder in classmate's attack

Posted March 22, 2012
Updated March 28, 2012

— A 15-year-old Nash County girl has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in an attack earlier this week on her classmate.

Sixteen-year-old Jasmine Barnes was cut in the throat by the unidentified girl around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday while classes were in recess at Southern Nash High School.

Barnes is recovering from the attack at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and is expected to be released soon, Capt. Pat Joyner with the Nash County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

The suspect in the case – her name isn't being released because she is being charged as a juvenile – was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Joyner, however, said that investigators filed a petition to upgrade the charge after consulting with prosecutors.

The 15-year-old also faces a new charge of possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Investigators haven't commented on a motive for the attack, but Southern Nash's principal, Connie Bobbitt, said the suspect "had an issue" with the victim.

Meanwhile, the Nash County Sheriff's Office has put in place additional security measures at the school to help restore calm and safety. Joyner, however, would not elaborate on what those measures were.


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  • Tootiredofviolence Mar 23, 2012

    Get well soon, Jasmine Barnes!! :)

  • iknowmyschnitzel Mar 23, 2012

    due_whats_right...you are a school administrator and have not read the research on child and adolescent brain development? Tisk tisk. At least read Rebelyell's comment and use that for starters.

  • bbrown07 Mar 23, 2012

    This Girl should be Charged as an Adult,,,She might just be 15 but she knew better then to do, what she done !!!

  • JustSayinToo Mar 23, 2012

    She will be charged with attempted murder, and she will probably be detained in a juvenile detention center until the age of 18. After she turns 18 who knows what will happen... released?... maybe probation? I agree that she is ONLY 15, but you know right from wrong at a very young age. She knew that cutting a girls throat was not the right thing to do, therefore I think she should be charged as an adult and spend the rest of her life in a women's prison. Half of the young adults that are carrying weapons and killing people today already had previous criminal records that were cleaned when they turned 18. It's almost like you can do what you want to when your a teenager because it all goes away on your 18th birthday.

  • honans77 Mar 23, 2012

    Take God out of the classroom and this is what you get. The Bible is right - we are reaping what has been sown.

    Really...that is what you got oout of this

  • mjoyner3 Mar 23, 2012

    Rebelyell55 ...well said! Completely agree!

  • Johnstoncountychic Mar 23, 2012

    I think she is 15 years old and old enough to know better. She should be tried as an adult and given the same time that an adult would be given.

  • LibertarianTechie Mar 22, 2012

    An adult crime should mean adult time; and that also means getting your name all over the news. I do not care how old she is, she did an adult crime, and should pay for that.

  • ashwednesday36 Mar 22, 2012

    Teachers in the classrooms across the state know this. Every system in this state (county) has taken on this middle school mentality of "keep them in the classroom at all costs" so there are never any real consequences. For example, a 6th grade student in one NC system got suspended for 2 days for bringing a facsimilie of a gun to school and then threatening to shoot someone with it. That is probably the same type of thing that happened to that boy in Brownsville TX who was shot by police when he pointed a pellet pistol at them. Students "cuss out teachers" they skip class daily, parents enable all of the bad behaviors and if a teacher stands up for themselves they get railroaded out of their job. More of this will happen....and worse.

  • Nancy Mar 22, 2012

    I have to wonder who will foot the medical bills of the victim? Will the parents of the 'girl' arrested have to pay them? How is that handled?