South Greene student honored for stopping stabbing suspect

South Greene student honored for stopping stabbing suspect

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South Greene students held a brief assembly Wednesday acknowledging a student's heroism and the faculty's diligence in responding to the attack. (source: Director Vickie Kirk, Twitter) South Greene students held a brief assembly Wednesday acknowledging a student's heroism and the faculty's diligence in responding to the attack. (source: Director Vickie Kirk, Twitter)
"She's very remarkable. She's one in a million," said South Greene Principal Dr. Cindy Bowman. "She's very remarkable. She's one in a million," said South Greene Principal Dr. Cindy Bowman.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

GREENEVILLE (WATE) - A South Greene High School student is being hailed as a hero by her teachers and fellow classmates after she stepped in to stop a knife attack on another teen.

Officials say the attack happened inside the school Tuesday morning before classes got underway.

The 15-year-old victim had to be flown to a nearby hospital, and the school locked down for a short time.

One day after the stabbing, the school's principal says the students and staff are ready to move forward.

They started Wednesday morning with a prayer event, followed by an assembly recognizing those who helped during the stabbing, including a brave young girl who stepped in.

"She's very remarkable. She's one in a million," said South Greene Principal Dr. Cindy Bowman.

Authorities say the girl tackled a 16-year-old student after he stabbed a 15-year-old boy several times with a knife Tuesday in the cafeteria.

The school held a brief assembly Wednesday acknowledging that student's heroism and the faculty's diligence in responding to the attack. Bowman says it was also a chance to speak openly with students.

"We felt like we needed to talk to the students. We've been very up front with the students and very honest and told them exactly what happened," said Bowman.

Dr. Bowman says the victim is recovering well and is expected to be released from the hospital within days. She says a teacher visited him Tuesday and Wednesday morning gave a message on his behalf to the student body. 

"He had a message for all of our students to forgive the person that had attacked him."

Law enforcement and school officials aren't identifying the young girl who helped, but Dr. Bowman says she has no regrets.

"I asked her, would she have done it no matter what, and she said 'I would've done it no matter who it was,'" said Bowman.

The suspect is charged with attempted first-degree murder and will have his first court appearance Friday morning.

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