FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — A 12-year-old student at Hannah Pamplico Elementary Middle School is charged with second-degree assault and battery after she stabbed a fellow 14-year-old student at the school with a pair of scissors, according to an incident report from the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
The girl has been released to the custody of her parents.
An incident report says the two girls started fighting in a hallway Wednesday afternoon and that's when the 12-year-old stabbed the 14-year-old.
The report says the girl suffered lacerations to her right arm, elbow, side of forehead, side of nose and chest area. She was taken to the hospital by EMS.
Florence School District Two Superintendent Dr. Neal Vincent said the scissors used in the stabbing were for elementary-aged children.
Neal said five teachers broke up the fight and took the scissors away from students.
“The lacerations were caused by scissors that we allow our students to have. Teachers intervened quickly. In fact, one of the teachers was escorting one of the females to the office when the incident took place. And so multiple teachers were there. The supervision plan worked. And there were superficial cuts that the victim received as a result of the scissors," said Vincent.
Vincent provided the following statement in an alert message to parents regarding the incident:
Providing a safe and secure learning environment is of top priority to Florence County School District 2. An incident occurred this afternoon at Hannah-Pamplico Elementary/Middle School on the middle school hallway. Two seventh grade, female students were involved in an altercation. One student suffered injuries as the result of this altercation that required medical attention from Florence County EMS. Florence County Sheriff's Office is investigating this incident.
Some parents are very upset the district administrators didn't initially tell them the fight involved a stabbing.
Bobbie Bain said the fight was bad enough, but she felt worse knowing a child had been stabbed.
“It was more settling then hearing about a stabbing on the same hall that my child is on. So, it was pretty unsettling and worrisome. Just scary," said Bain.
She had concerns about taking her son to school Thursday morning.
“Scared to take him this morning. I kept asking him all the way there, are you okay? Are you sure you’re all right? And he said yeah. But I was worried as a parent. Dropping him off and leaving him and just leaving him there," Bain explained.
Vincent said they handled and responded to the situation in an appropriate manner, according to district policy. “We want to make sure that we are releasing accurate information. We want to make sure that we’re not releasing anything that may lead to rumors. Also in our message to parents, we made it very clear if they were any concerns or questions, please contact us.”
Vincent said he's pleased with how teachers, school resource officers and other staff members reacted to the situation.
“According to our view, the district review and the sheriff's office review, we handled the incident using our policies and procedures. Our teachers did exactly what they were trained to do whenever there’s a conflict with our students and they responded accordingly," said Vincent.
Florence County Family Court and the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice is handling the charges against the 12-year-old.
Officials can't release any information about the case because it involves juvenile.
The 12-year-old could face expulsion from school as a result of the stabbing, according to school district policy.