Hamilton Co. Student Recovers After Being Stabbed Inside His Classroom

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – A parent who doesn’t want to be identified, says, "A girl gets bullied and now she gets charged with criminal homicide that’s bullied her for how long? So, there’s your real story."

Tensions run high at Lookout Valley Middle High School minutes after learning a 12-year-old girl stabbed a 13-year-old boy twice inside a middle school classroom.

Tayanna Cox, a student at Lookout Valley Middle High School says, "I heard a teacher screaming to the top of her lungs, and then all of a sudden it went silent."

Around 9:45 Thursday morning, the school was placed on lockdown while the young boy was taken to the hospital.

Janice Atkinson with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, says, "I think he will be taken into surgery at some point."

Hamilton County Deputies wasted no time charging the 12-year-old suspect with attempted criminal homicide and carrying a weapon on school property.

Atkinson adds, "The school resource officer will be handling the investigation into this incident."

Authorities can confirm a knife was used in the attack, but can’t comment on a possible motive.

One parent is convinced bulling played a part in this crime.

She says, "They don’t do nothing about bullying in this school or the school board because my daughter’s been bullied since the 3rd grade, and they don’t do nothing about it."

Other parents weren’t happy the school didn’t dismiss early.

Nikia Cox, a parent, adds, "It is traumatizing. It is something that most kids can’t handle in one setting and a dismissal should have been put into effect immediately."

Principal Rick Rushworth says parents were notified of the incident, but wouldn’t comment on why all classes weren’t dismissed early.

Students are now rallying behind the 13-year-old boy who continues to recover.

Tayanna Cox says, "Just hope he gets better. Prayers go out to his family."

The 13-year-old victim is in serious, but stable condition.

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