HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – One student is taken to the hospital, another placed in police custody after a stabbing Tuesday morning at Henrico High School.
The incident led to the school being put on lockdown for about 30 minutes. Police say, the altercation began as an argument and quickly escalated.
The altercation involved two boys; ages 16 and 17. The teens were inside a class when an argument erupted, then a scuffle. Police say at some point -- the 16 year old student used some type of sharp metal object to stab his 17 year old classmate in the side. Right now, it's unclear what that metal object is or how it got inside the school.
News of the incident spread quickly around campus.
"It's just a scary because you never know what can happen in school - like you're supposed to be safe in school," said student Rolonda Halloway.
The 17 year old victim was taken to VCU Medical Center and is listed in stable condition. The 16 year old suspect was taken into police custody.
"It's all about proving something...territory…standing your ground (Does it accomplish anything?) No ma'am," said 18 year old Zechariah Lundy.
The school district calls the incident "isolated".
"We don't walk folks to think this paints a picture of the school. This was an incident between two students and they'll be dealt with appropriately," said Henrico County schools spokesperson Mychael Dickerson.
Dickerson says both students face school disciplinary action.
There are no metal detectors at Henrico High but wands are used to randomly check for weapons. Janet Copeland has grandchildren in the school system.
"It's alarming, but that should be a wakeup call not only to students but homes, churches and everything else," said Copeland.
As for students we spoke with...
"I feel safe because the police are on it, so I still feel safe Henrico is a good school," said Halloway.
That 16 year old suspect was released to the custody of his parents. Police say charges will likely be filed tomorrow against the teen.