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Student Taken Into Custody After Incident At Middle School Involving Butcher Knife

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HENDERSON, N.C. — A 15-year-old female middle school student was taken into police custody Friday after allegedly trying to assault another student with a butcher knife during a fight in a campus hallway.

The suspect was taken before a district court judge, and petitions were obtained for two felonies - attempted assault with a deadly weapon to inflict injury and possession of a deadly weapon on school property.

After a secure custody order was granted, the suspect was turned over to Juvenile Services to be held in an appropriate juvenile facility.

According to Henderson police, the incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. in a hallway at Eaton Johnson Middle School at 501 Witherspoon St.

Teachers from the school and police Officer M. L. Stewart, the school's resource officer, were able to break up the fight between the two females and disarm the suspect, gaining control of the situation before the weapon seriously injured anyone.

Police said that, at the peak of the disturbance, and upon seeing the knife, a large crowd of students ran away from the suspect in a stampede to get away from the immediate area of the scuffle.

Two teachers and at least two female students, ages 14 and 15, received minor injuries in the incident, which was confined to a single hallway of the campus.

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