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Student's throat cut at Southern Nash High

Posted March 20, 2012 11:44 a.m. EDT
Updated March 21, 2012 8:08 a.m. EDT

— A 16-year-old girl at Southern Nash High School was injured Tuesday morning when, authorities say, another girl cut her throat with a scalpel.

Capt. Pat Joyner, with the Nash County Sheriff's Office, said the 15-year-old student suspect approached the girl from behind during a class change and attacked her.

A school resource officer took the 15-year-old suspect into custody, and she was later charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Her name was not released.

The victim, Jasmine Barnes, was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Wilson and later transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville to be treated for her injuries, including her thyroid which was cut during the attack.

"Hopefully, when we get to Greenville, I pray, that the doctors intervene and do what they're supposed to and take care of my baby," Barnes' mother, Stephanie Barnes said.

Stephanie Barnes said she did not know what might have prompted the attack. She called it "senseless and heartless."

"Kids should know how to act, regardless," she said. Get someone. Read. Pray, and stop doing all this violence to one another. It's just crazy."

Principal Connie Bobbitt said the suspect "had an issue" with the victim, but police said it's unclear if they had any previous altercations.

The school was on lockdown briefly after the stabbing, and teachers were instructed to keep children in the classrooms, Bobbitt said. The school is back on schedule.

"I let the parents know as soon as I could what was going on and that the two students were taken care of," she said. "Our staff responded in a Southern Nash way, and they responded very well."

It was the second time in less than a week that sheriff's deputies were called out to Southern Nash High.

Last Thursday, deputies received a report that two people were fighting with a broken bottle and a gun.

The school was locked down for 10 minutes, and deputies said it turned out that a 17-year-old was trying to harm himself with a piece of glass.

Bobbitt said the two incidents aren't related.