ETTRICK, VA (WWBT) - A senior Virginia State University student has turned himself in on charges of aggravated assault, after a stabbing last week during a homecoming event.
Kemal Jackson-Hinton is a 22-year-old English major from Ft. Washington, MD. He turned himself in to VSU police, who issued a warrant for his arrest Thursday.
Police say Jackson-Hinton stabbed another student at the homecoming student bazaar last Wednesday. The victim is recovering and out of the hospital.
Video posted online shows the chaos. Officers say following the stabbing, there were several other fights and the school was put on lockdown. It's an incident school leaders are not proud of.
"It was not what occurs here on a day-to-day basis," VSU spokesperson Thomas Reed told reporters. "What occurs here on a day-to-day basis is us educating 5,700 students."
The criminal complaint describes it as a 'riot.' During that time, police say Jackson-Hinton took out a blade about six inches long and stabbed the victim, a fellow student, in the thigh. It says the injury was about two inches long and five centimeters deep. The victim needed stitches and records show he identified Jackson-Hinton as his attacker. Witnesses backed up the victim's statements.
The court document also says there is video of the stabbing and fights taken by students on their cell phones, which will be used for evidence.
According to VSU's student handbook, there is a Zero Tolerance policy when it comes to weapons on campus and disciplinary action will be taken. Reed said Jackson Hinton is still considered a student at the university.
While VSU Police confirm there were several other fights on campus, but Jackson Hinton is the only person who's been charged so far.
Jackson-Hinton was arraigned at Chesterfield General District Tuesday. His next court date is December 16.