The Monongalia County Board of Education said it's still investigating the details surrounding a stabbing at Morgantown High School that occurred Nov. 6.
Superintendent Frank Devono said he and the other board members want to know if the attack was a result of bullying and if faculty was aware of the harassment.
The board did go into executive session at Tuesday's meeting, in part to discuss "student affairs," but it would not elaborate.
Tuesday's meeting was the first BOE meeting since the incident occurred.
Morgantown Police said Thursday that a 17-year-old male started the fight with a 14-year-old male in connection with a stabbing incident that occurred at Morgantown High School Wednesday.
Police said the fight started around 7 a.m., just before classes started.
During the fight, the 14-year-old pulled out a lock-blade knife and stabbed at the 17-year-old repeatedly, according to police.
The 14-year-old has been charged with unlawful assault and possessing a weapon on school grounds, police said. He is currently at home pending a court appearance. His mother told 12 News that he has been bullied by the 17-year-old since the start of the school year.
The 17-year-old was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, was treated and released. Police said he will face a battery charge.
One student was arrested and another was sent to a hospital following a stabbing at Morgantown High School Wednesday morning, according to the Morgantown Police Department.
Morgantown police were called to assist the Morgantown High School resource officer in securing the scene of an altercation around 7 a.m. Wednesday.
According to witnesses, a 17-year-old male student physically attacked a 14-year-old male student in the hallway of the school. Witnesses said the 14-year-old then produced a knife and repeatedly stabbed the 17-year-old in the arms and chest, according to police.
Morgantown Police arrested the 14-year-old student and the 17-year-old was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The 14-year-old appeared at a detention hearing Wednesday, where he was charged with unlawful assault and possessing a weapon on school grounds, according to Morgantown police. He was released to his parents following the hearing. A trial date will be set within the next 30 days, police said.
The 17-year-old male is expected to be released from the hospital sometime Wednesday, following treatment for stab wounds and cuts to his arms and torso. Morgantown police said a juvenile referral has been filed against him for battery.
Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said the stabbing was serious but probably not life threatening. He said that the stabbing could have been worse if it wasn't for the emergency first aid provided at the scene by the school's resource officer.
Morgantown High School Principal Robert DeSantis said in a statement that the school was secure following the incident and classes will go on as scheduled.
The mother of the 14-year-old boy accused of stabbing his classmate told 12 News that the incident is the result of months of bullying on the bus and in school.
The boy's mother said the 17-year-old had been bullying her son since the beginning of the school year, saying he owed him money and threatening to kill the family's pets.
She said her son asked the bus driver to intervene when the bullying began, but nothing was done, and her son was against getting other school officials involved.
That's a decision she regrets. "He's a good kid," she said.
Students and parents were still in awe when classes were dismissed shortly after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"I think it's pretty insane for something like that to happen at MHS," said student Allan Martin, "All the people I'm around are really nice, and I've never heard of anything like this happening at our school."
Some described the incident as scary.
"I went quickly, straight to class and asked my parents to pick me up because I was worried about my safety," said Juan Alcalde, "I was."
Many pointed out that they hear about these incidents happening all across the country, but never imagined it happening here.
"Last year there was a bomb threat. This year there is this," said student Jeron Amoroso. "I would have never expected this to happen, especially to this school."
"The stuff going around the country, and now something happens in our school. It's kind of mind blowing, it really is," said Martin.
Some parents said security should be tightened around the school.
"I think they should get metal detectors for when they first come into school and check everyone when they come through," said parent Candy Rowe.
But students added that MHS is really a safe school.
"I was surprised when I saw that happen. The school is usually a calm place and nothing interesting happens. This really shocked me," said Alcalde.