A fight between two students in school Tuesday morning led to the stabbing of one student and the arrest of the other, police said.
The initial call went out shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Wilson Southern Middle School in the Wilson School District in Spring Twp., Berks Co.
The fight between two 14-year-old students resulted in one of them being stabbed multiple times with a pocket knife, said school officials, who immediately put the middle school and the attached Cornwall Terrace Elementary School on lock down.
Dozens of officers from multiple police departments around Berks County converged on the school. They found the victim in a 2nd floor classroom. He was rushed to the trauma center at Reading Hospital for treatment of two stab wounds to his torso and one to an arm, said police, who noted that his injuries were not life-threatening. The boy was later transferred to Hershey Medical Center.
With the schools still on lock down, officers conducted a room-to-room search of the building for the suspect, who was quickly identified by school officials. They soon learned he fled the building.
An officer on patrol spotted the suspect a short time later in the area of Shakespeare Drive and Tennyson Avenue, about two blocks away from the school, and took him into custody. He was charged as a juvenile with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related charges and turned over to the custody of Berks County juvenile authorities.
The initial investigation led officers to find the pocket knife used in the stabbing on the roof of a building not far from the school, said police.
The lock down of the schools lasted for approximately three hours. The middle school students, as well as those attending the nearby Cornwall Terrace Elementary School, were then dismissed at 11 a.m., officials said.