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Middle school student arrested after bus fight

DULUTH - A quarrel between two 13-year-old students turned violent Wednesday morning, when one cut the other with a knife while they were both on a bus, according to a school police report.

The Duluth Middle School students had apparently been arguing the day before in their neighborhood. On the school bus Wednesday, the seventh-grade student struck the sixth-grader. He responded by allegedly producing a knife and cutting the first student on the back of his head.

The bus driver immediately called 911, and the knife was confiscated from the student. Paramedics transported the injured seventh-grader to the Gwinnett County Medical Center. According to the report, school system police took the other student into custody and charged him with aggravated assault, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon.

The incident occurred at the Gwinnett Crossing apartment complex in Duluth. In the tussle, the sixth-grader's hand was also cut. Both students have been treated for their injuries, according to Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Principal Kay Harvey sent home a letter Wednesday informing parents of the incident. She said the school takes its safety very seriously, and that both students will face criminal charges and disciplinary action.

"We are reminding our students that they will always need to think about their actions when it comes to resolving conflicts with others," Harvey wrote. "They also will be reminded that there are consequences for misbehavior that occurs at school and on the school bus."

The student with the knife was taken to the Youth Detention Center, and the juvenile court will now handle the case.

The school system did not release the names of the students out of privacy for them and their families.