13-year-old 8th grader stabs middle school teacher with butcher knife, police say

A Georgia 8th grader was in custody Monday afternoon after he allegedly stabbed a teacher at a metro Atlanta middle school, according to WSBTV.

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It happened during a class change at Trickum Middle School in Gwinnett County, a northern Atlanta suburb, WSBTV reported.

Update 8:45 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: WSBTV's Aaron Diamant spoke with a student who helped stop the bleeding Monday.

“I saw that she was bleeding, so I looked over and took off my jacket and put it where she was bleeding," Mason Watler said.

Watler said the 13-year-old suspect then turned on another student.

"He pulled over another student and had the knife by her face,” Watler said. “He said that if anybody was videoing it, he was gonna kill her."

Watler told WSBTV that he helped distract the suspect to save lives.

"I was telling everybody, 'Get out of the classroom. Go get a teacher,'" Watler said.

A student resource officer eventually took the student into custody.

Watler said the suspect had told him in the past that he wanted to kill someone.

"I probably should have reported what he said so he would be able to talk to a counselor or something," Watler said.

Update 7:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 22: The 13-year-old called the teacher over, then pulled out the eight-inch knife and stabbed the teacher in the chest, according to WSBTV.

Gwinnett County Public schools officials said a school resource officer quickly apprehended the student.

The teacher was conscious and talking to first responders as she was transported to a local hospital, according to Trickum principal Ryan Queen.


The school was put on lockdown during the incident, but it did not impact dismissal time.

No students were injured in the incident.

Original story: A middle school student was in custody after allegedly stabbing a teacher Monday afternoon at Trickum Middle School, according to WSBTV.

Police said the victim, a woman, was taken to an area hospital after the incident.

According to WSBTV's Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas, the school was on lockdown after the incident. The lockdown has since been lifted.

Principal Ryan Queen sent the following statement to parents:

I need to share with you a serious incident that occurred at school this afternoon. A student has been taken into custody after stabbing one of our teachers during a class. This occurred in an 8th grade language arts classroom. The student was immediately apprehended and all other students are safe. The teacher has been transported to an area hospital, but was conscious and talking to first responders. Again, all students and teachers are safe. We anticipate dismissing as usual. I will communicate more as additional information becomes available.

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