RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Rocky Fork Middle School was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after a 13-year-old male student was injured with a knife during an altercation.
Rutherford County Schools spokesperson James Evans reported the fight was between two eighth-grade students, one of whom was cut with a kitchen knife.
In a release from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, they say the altercation was about a girl. The student who cut the other student is being charged with attempted first-degree murder and carrying a weapon with intent on school property.
“The suspect purposefully brought a knife to school and violently attacked the victim on school property before school started in the gymnasium,” Brown said.
Authorities say many students were in the gym at the time. Director Bill Spurlock of Rutherford County Schools said, “I commend our school staff for springing into action and using their training to resolve this situation quickly.”
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The school was placed on a Code Yellow lockdown while the situation was resolved. Evans said the situation only involved two students and all others are safe and have been moved to their homerooms.
Evans added additional officers are at the school investigating the situation. Additional school counselors are headed to the school to assist with any students who need to talk about what they saw.
Authorities say the student injured was treated and released to his parents. Detectives took the suspect to the Juvenile Detention Center where a hearing is pending in Juvenile Court.
No additional information was immediately released.