BY KEN LITTLE
The 16-year-old South Greene High School student who allegedly stabbed another student in the school cafeteria Tuesday morning will remain in a juvenile detention facility until at least Nov. 7, when a preliminary hearing will be held in Juvenile Court.
Through a public defender, the teenager waived his right to a detention hearing Friday morning in Juvenile Court.
The teenager who allegedly stabbed 15-year-old Daniel A. Birchfield Jr. is charged with attempted first-degree murder.
The state must file a motion before the Nov. 7 hearing if a decision is made to prosecute the 16-year-old as an adult, court officials said.
HELD IN JOHNSON CITY
The teenager charged with attempted first-degree murder has not been identified by authorities.
He remains held at the Upper East Tennessee Regional Juvenile Detention facility in Johnson City.
Birchfield should be released from the hospital by late this week and is expected back in school next week, school principal Dr. Cindy Bowman, said Wednesday.
The slightly-built teenage suspect was led into the courtroom by sheriff's deputies in shackles, wearing tan slacks and a gray plaid print shirt.
He emerged about 20 minutes later and was led out of the courthouse by deputies.
South Greene High School students, parents and school officials filled the courtroom for the hearing.
The media were barred from the hearing by Juvenile Court Judge Kenneth Bailey Jr.
WON'T RETURN TO SGHS
Among those at the court appearance was Dr. Vicki Kirk, Greene County director of schools.
Kirk said that however the criminal case against the 16-year-old is resolved, he won't be returning to South Greene High School.
The teenager's alleged actions violate the school system's "zero tolerance policy" regarding violence in schools, Kirk said.
The victim was stabbed three times in the school cafeteria by a knife described this week by Sheriff Steve Burns as a "kitchen-type" utensil.
District Attorney General C. Berkeley Bell said this week that the stabbing happened as a result of a dispute between the two students over a girl.
The 16-year-old is running up a $184-a-day bill while held at the juvenile detention center.
The state will attempt to recoup the cost when the case is resolved, court officials said.
The stabbing happened about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday when the 16-year-old approached Birchfield from another table in the cafeteria, where students congregate before the start of classes.
The alleged assailant pulled a knife from his waistband and stabbed Birchfield multiple times, Burns said earlier this week.
Birchfield was flown by Wings Air Rescue to Johnson City Medical Center.
A female student who was sitting at the cafeteria table when the stabbing happened intervened and took down the 16-year-old suspect.
"One of the young ladies that was at the table appeared to knock him to the ground, and some of the other students and other staff came and subdued him," Burns said.