THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A 13-year-old middle school student is facing aggravated assault charges after police said he stabbed another student at school.
School officials said they think a history of conflict between the two students may have caused the incident.
School's out for the holidays in Thomasville.
One student at MacIntrye Park Middle school may not be returning in the new year.
He is now facing suspension and criminal charges.
Major Eric Hampton with the Thomasville Police Department said, “A school resource officer responded to an incident regarding a fight between two students, saying that some time during that altercation, one student had pulled a knife and actually stabbed the other student.”
School officials said the stabbing may have been in retaliation to previous conflicts.
Thomasville City Schools Superintendent Sabrina Boykins-Everett said, “He said, 'I just wanted to get him back.'”
Police say the 13-year-old rushed the victim and stabbed him in his arm.
It didn't take long before police showed up and the boys' parents were notified.
The victim's mother rushed him to the emergency room where he received a few stitches. He was treated and released later that afternoon.
Boykins-Everett said, “He will be suspended for 10 days, and within that 10 days, there will be a student disciplinary tribunal that will be scheduled to determine any further consequences.”
Boykins-Everett said the school system has no tolerance for violence.
She added, “Students are very much aware of consequences when they no longer see their classmates sitting next to them in class following this type of incident.”
The student is charged with aggravated assault and bringing a weapon on school grounds.
The incident has Thomasville schools considering installing more surveillance cameras.