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BY KEN LITTLE
One male student suffered injuries, and another is in custody following a stabbing about 7:45 a.m. today at South Greene High School.
The stabbing victim was airlifted to an area hospital by Wings Air Rescue. His condition was not immediately available.
The 17-year-old allegedly responsible for the stabbing is in custody, Sheriff Steve Burns said.
The assault occurred in the school cafeteria, where students gather in the morning before classes start, Burns said.
"It appears that a student had a knife and stabbed another student. The student with a knife was subdued and taken into custody. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment," Burns said.
Burns would not elaborate on the circumstances behind the stabbing, but said it does not appear to be a random act.
"I think this assault was directed at the victim. It wasn't directed at any other students," he said.
OTHER STUDENTS ACT
Students intervened and held the teenager with the knife until school officials arrived on scene, Burns said.
"As the assault occurred, there were students who subdued the assailant, and they were able to disarm him, and some of the school staff got there," he said.
The weapon was recovered.
LOCKDOWN 45 MINUTES
"The school is safe and secure at this time. Everyone went to class, and the school is back to normal," Burns said about 10 a.m.
The school was in lockdown for about 45 minutes after the stabbing. Students were kept in the gymnasium until the lockdown was lifted.
Counselors arrived at the school by 9 a.m.
Parents were allowed to take their children home if they wanted to.
No schools in Greene County have metal detectors.
The 17-year-old suspect was being interviewed this morning by investigators.
He will initially be charged as a juvenile and appear in Greene County Juvenile Court.
The District Attorney General's office will review the case, Burns said.