RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One Richmond middle school student is facing criminal charges and suspension; another was sent to the hospital after an incident inside Henderson Middle School. According to school officials, a boy stabbed a girl with a pair of scissors.
We've learned that student, who is in seventh grade at Henderson, is facing an aggravated assault charge. The victim, another seventh grader, was taken to the hospital to get stitches. Police and school officials are still investigating but sources say at this point, it appears two kids were horsing around and the situation escalated.
Parents and grandparents rushed to Henderson Middle School Tuesday afternoon worried about their children upon hearing the news.
"I think they need to have more security or something, said Mary Dewitt, who has a family member at the school. "Something is not right, they're not watching the kids well or something."
Some we talked to even took their kids home early.
"As any parent you would be concerned for your own child's safety," explained Jody Tyler, whose daughter Zora is in sixth grade. "So I think that was the main thing to make sure that my child was safe."
The incident happened outside a classroom at Henderson as two students were taking a bathroom break. There are varying accounts of the girl's injury to the inside of her lower leg. Some described it as a deep wound; others said it was more of a cut.
We also learned Tuesday the scissors used did not belong to either of the children involved in the incident, but to another student at the school.
"At no point were any other students in danger," RPS Spokeswoman Felicia Cosby maintained. "The school was never on lockdown or anything of that sort."
When we spoke with school officials around 1:30pm, Cosby told us they were just starting to notify parents. That was about an hour and a half after the incident.
"It takes some time for administrators to iron out everything and to be able to know what specifically to articulate to parents," Cosby added.
But those parents seemed frustrated with the delay.
"I understand they don't want everyone to panic but at the same time I think it's one of those things where the communication should have been out to the parents a little earlier," Tyler said as he was leaving school with Zora.
The school and police investigation continues, as parents talk to their children about a fellow student now in trouble with the law at such a young age.
"It's kind of surprising but at the same time nothing really surprises me a lot of times," Tyler added.
Some parents said their kids didn't actually know about the incident, so it appeared to them the school did a good job of keeping it isolated.