MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Two Morgantown High School students face juvenile criminal charges after a Wednesday morning fight that included one of the students suffering multiple stab wounds.

Morgantown Police were called to the high school just after 7:00 a.m.  Officers say a 17-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times in the arm and chest.  Witnesses told officers the 17-year-old attacked the 14-year-old in the hallway and then the 14-year-old boy produced a folding knife and began stabbing repeatedly.

“The school resource officer was able to respond very quickly and provide treatment to the victim,” said Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston.

Preston said the victim suffered both cut wounds and puncture wounds.  He was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The 14-year-old was released to his parents following a juvenile detention hearing. He’s been charged with unlawful assault and possessing a weapon on school grounds. A trial date will be set within 30 days.

The 17-year-old has been charged with battery. He was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

Monongalia County School Superintendent Frank Devono said the two boys knew one another.

“We do know that one boy appeared to be picking on the other and this boy reacted in this way,” said Devono.

Devono says they sent out numerous communications with parents throughout the incident to let them know there was a situation and it was being dealt with by the proper authorities.

The school was placed on lockdown while officers cleared the scene. The lockdown was lifted by 9 a.m.


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  • fuz

    parent/teacher you hit the nail on the head.past board of ed. member Pocahontas county.

  • Brian

    Self defense; actually premeditated self defense. It would be interesting to see how the 14 yo's trial unfolds.

  • WV Bud

    Yes Lol. Someone who pulls out a knife and stabs someone should be expelled for a year. Unless it was a life or death situation. Stabbing or shooting someone is not just something that you do.Probably the one that got stabbed was a bully that deserved being brought down but authorities in that school should use him as an example and punish him severely.

  • Jack Nikolaus

    It happened and its a bad situation but my question is why were the police out in full force at a totally different school this morning over the same exact incident?

    As for the student being bullied it is everyones fault from the administration, the staff/faculty, to the students who stood by while this student was being bullied up till this incident. When a child is being bullied there are signs of it. Some one should have stepped up and either defended this kid or got some help for him by passing along there was a problem.

  • lee arthur

    parent/teacher hit the nail right on the head.

  • Ed from Parkersburg

    I heard that the guy with the knife was actually brought down by a football tackle from Morgantown's running back Chazzy Thomas?

    Great reaction by Chazzy to step in, instead of standing around and watching.
    He is a class act.

  • Bill

    Looks to me like the 17 year old got what he deserved ! When I was growing up this is what it took to stop bullying . It puts bullies in their place and it teaches kids to stand up for themselves . now days all everyone wants a kid to do is go crying to a teacher somebody is picking on me ! I bet the 17 year old thinks twice before he does this again !

    • WV school graduate

      This sounds like something Mully would say..... Is that you Mully?!?! Lmao

  • Yea Yea

    Why does media/news or anything allow a comment section? It's a waste of time and nothing but people fighting. Seems stupid to me - the world would be a much better place without the internet...

  • Matt

    Dear Parent/ Teacher. I know your paycheck comes from justifying how well schools are. However its is widely known that schools in WV are failing..The teachers unions are entrenched and the old system is failing...We need change in WV schools big change..Online schools and thinking outside the normal structure we have has worked well in other states..Im not saying all teachers are bad the majority due a wonderful job, but you as an educator would have to admit there are slackers that get away with not doing there job..Mon county administrators need to stop spending all are tax payer dollars on so called team building trips and fancy new schools with poor teachers..A good teacher could teach anywhere

    • Parent/teacher

      My comments had nothing to do with how good or bad our schools are . You are right mon county is not exempt from teachers who aren't doing their job, just like every business in morgantown. I'm talking about supporting our school system who really is working for the betterment of our kids. It's an uphill battle with many parents making excuses for their kids and not backing our schools and the teachers and administrators .Im really pointing fingers at parents who have little to do with their kids until there's a problem , then it's usually not the kids fault.