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.