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Student Arrested after Razor Incident in Beaver Elementary School

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn.- One student from Beaver Elementary school in Henderson County was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against his classmates, Thursday.

The 12-year-old boy is accused of attacking two of his classmates with razor blades, that were brought onto the campus by another student. Captain Tracey Grisham, of the Henderson Sheriff's Dept. said deputies were dispatched to Beaver Elementary around 11:00 a.m., Thursday. Grisham said school officials called for help after a teacher heard students yelling and discovered that two children had been cut by their classmate with a razor blade.

"I never dreamed it would be at an elementary school," said Capt. Grisham. "He was slashing, he slashed at one and then turned and slashed to the other."

Deputies said the cutting happened while the teacher had her back turned from the class. Kids who were in the classroom told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News they were scared.

"I did feel helpless for the two students that was being threatened because I couldn't do nothing about it. If i got in it, he would have cut me also," said 7th grader Matala Maugh. "More teachers should be looking out for the students."

Parents said they are now concerned for their child's safety inside the classroom. Both parents and students said they want more security.

"It's scary. I mean you can't even send your kids to school for an education without stuff like this happening," said parent Sherry Haddix. "It's horrible. I mean that could of been my child that got cut and it could have been worse than a cut, it could have been a life."

The mother of the boy who is accused in the cutting told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that her son was playing a game of 'truth or dare' with his friends. She said she was disappointed with the lack of supervision at the time of the incident, in the child's classroom.

Grisham said the razor blade was brought in my another student. That student told deputies he found it along with several other blades on the school bus.

"It's hard to believe he ever got in the school with that or even have access at the house to bring them to school," said resident Jamie Neisler.

Steve Wilkinson, who is the Henderson County Director of Schools, said Beaver Elementary will follow the school board policy for disciplinary measures in this matter. The school board's policy showed this would fall under the category of 'zero tolerance.'

Deputies said the students who were cut have minor injuries, and their investigation is ongoing. The 12-year-old who is accused of the cutting is charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

The juvenile who deputies said brought the razor blade into the classroom is charged with bringing a weapon onto school property. Authorities said they recovered only one razor blade at the scene. The child told police he threw the other razor blades away.