Student stabbing suspect to remain in juvenile custody

14-year-old victim remains hospitalized with multiple stab wounds

Student stabbing suspect to remain in juvenile custody

READING, Pa. - The 14-year-old boy accused of stabbing a fellow student inside a middle school in the Wilson School District on Tuesday will remain in juvenile custody.

The boy, who was in handcuffs and dressed in white, appeared at his first juvenile court hearing in Reading on Wednesday afternoon.

The official who presided over the two-minute proceeding determined that the boy should remain in the custody of juvenile authorities pending his next hearing on Jan. 25.

The 8th grader, whose name is not being released because of his age, sat silent before hugging his mother, who was in tears.

"The juvenile has been charged with criminal attempt homicide, and he's also been charged with aggravated assault and other charges," said District Attorney John Adams.

The suspect, police said, used a pocket knife to stab another 8th grade student three times during a fight in a crowded hallway inside Wilson Southern Middle School in Spring Township. Officers apprehended him a short time later about two blocks away from the school.

Adams called the boy's actions a wrong, stupid choice.

"To solve their problems with violence is wrong," said Adams.

The 14-year-old victim, who was found in a 2nd floor classroom, was rushed to the trauma center at Reading Hospital and later transferred to Hershey Medical Center for treatment of what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

The district superintendent, Rudy Ruth, told 69 News on Wednesday he does not believe the suspect and the victim were friends. He said the suspect is new to the district, enrolling in the fall.

The attack, police said, was not random. A conversation on Facebook may have sparked the altercation in the hallway between classes, said police.

"If your child is on Facebook, you need to monitor your child's Facebook pages," said Adams. "It's very unfortunate, and I hope this is the last of this type of incident we see."

The stabbing forced officials to put both the middle school and the attached Cornwall Terrace Elementary School on lock down for about three hours while police conducted a room-to-room sweep of the building. The students were dismissed at 11 a.m. Classes resumed Wednesday.

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