Principal: Middle school student arrested after stabbing teacher

A student at Lilburn's Trickum Middle School has been arrested for stabbing a teacher during a Monday afternoon class, school officials said. (Special Photo)

A student at Lilburn’s Trickum Middle School was arrested Monday for stabbing an eighth grade teacher with a butcher knife, school officials said.

According to Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for the school district, the 13-year-old student, who has only been identified as a male, called the teacher over to his desk during a class change and stabbed her in the chest with an 8-inch butcher knife.

"Help was called and while our (School Resource Officer) was responding to the room, the young man grabbed another student," Principal Ryan Queen said in an email to parents Monday night. "Our SRO was able to enter the classroom and disarm him without harm to anybody else."

Though few details were released about the teacher's condition, Queen said that she was "conscious and talking to first responders” when she was transported to the hospital.

"I ask that you keep our teacher who was injured in your thoughts and prayers," Queen said. "In addition, we know this has touched our entire community — from our teachers who comforted our injured teacher and our other teachers who

are concerned about their friend and co-worker to our students who may be anxious about this situation and parents who have understandable concerns."

While no other staff members or any students were injured during the stabbing, Queen said the district is aware that the incident "has had an emotional toll on all of us."

"As part of our response, we are making personal calls to the families of students who were in the classroom during this incident," he said. "That said, we are taking steps to ensure we can support our students and staff and to help them have as normal a school day as possible. We will have an additional police presence at school to provide our students and staff with an additional sense of security and to calm any anxiety."

An eighth grade trip that was scheduled for Tuesday is being rescheduled "for a future date," Queen said.

"This will ensure we can provide our students and teachers the support they need," he said. "We have never had a situation like this at our school and I know we all are concerned about this and the fact that one of our Trickum Middle family was hurt at the hands of a student is very upsetting."

No additional information about the teacher or her condition has been released, and officials have not said exactly what the student is charged with, only that he will likely be charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon on school grounds and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony, according to Roach.

The student will also face disciplinary measures from the school. He was transported to the county's Youth Detention Center on Monday.

Staff report Trevor McNaboe contributed to this report.

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Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.