Knife fight sends Rutherford County middle school into lockdown

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Sep 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-14 15:53:00-04

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WTVF) — A knife fight over a girl sent a Rutherford County middle school into lockdown on Tuesday morning.

Rutherford County Schools officials said the fight was between two eighth grade students at Rocky Fork Middle School, and one was cut with a kitchen-style knife. The 13-year-old boy was taken to the hospital and treated for his injury.

Law enforcement responded to the school and have taken over the investigation. The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said one of the students brought a knife to school and attacked the other student in the gymnasium before classes began. There were many other students in the gymnasium at the time. The school was put on a code yellow lockdown due to the fight, but it has since been called off.

The student has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and carrying a weapon with intent on school property.