An 11-year-old boy is in custody after stabbing a 15-year-old eighth grade student with a pair of scissors after he was attacked over a cell phone.
According to officials, the incident happened in the bus loop area at Chain of Lakes Middle School located off Conroy-Windermere Road minutes before classes began.
Officials said the older boy allegedly hit the younger boy in the head twice after getting off the bus. The 11-year-old retaliated by retrieving a pair of scissors from his pocket and stabbing the 8th grader in the chest once. The older boy was rushed to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
According to spokeswoman Kathy Marsh, the school’s resource officer and emergency personnel responded quickly to the scene as the older boy was transported to the hospital. Marsh also said the principal and the victim’s mother went along with the student, and classes resumed as normal.
According to onlooker Felicia Carr, “the school has had its share of trouble, but at the end of the day there are no perfect schools. It appears that the principal is trying her best to clean up the rough areas in the school, but of course this takes time, said Carr.”
The school grounds were filled with positive quotes to help motivate students during FCAT testing, but unfortunately unforeseen incidences happen.
According to the resource officer, the stabbing could be a level 4 offense, resulting in expulsion from all district schools. The suspect-attacker was charged with aggravated battery and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center. The older boy wasn’t arrested or charged. The names of the students aren’t being released due to age.