15-year-old girl pulls knife, assaults school resource officer

15-year-old girl pulls knife, assaults school resource officer
L.C. Bird High School. (Source: NBC12)

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A 15-year-old L.C. Bird High School student assaulted two school employees and the school resource officer after displaying a knife Thursday morning, according to Chesterfield Police.

Police said the girl and two other students had planned to fight. Before the fight began, the girl pulled a knife with an approximately 4-inch blade.

"It could have really hurt somebody,” said Rebecca King, whose son goes to the school. “The teachers were fighting her to get it out of her hand."

King said that was the scariest part of watching a video that’s now been circulating among parents. One of the school’s employees took the knife from the girl. The girl then assaulted the employees and a resource officer.

"You don't bring weapons to school,” King said. “I don't know how old she is but you know it's wrong."

The 15-year-old has been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of assault and battery on a school official, two counts of malicious wounding and possession of a weapon on school property.

The school’s principal issued a letter to parents that said, “Maintaining a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment remains one of the primary goals of Bird High School. Working with parents and our community, we are confident we can continue to provide a school setting free from distraction and disruption.”

A social media post circulated Wednesday involving a threat toward a student with a knife. School officials said they were not made aware of the post until Thursday.

Several students witnessed the assault Thursday morning, but no students were struck or involved other than the 15-year-old.

The principal said most students were in class when the assault occurred.

"And then later on I got a video from a friend of mine whose son goes here,” King said. “Actually seeing it was like, wow!"

King shared that video with NBC12, but adds she's thankful her son wasn't in the cafeteria at the time.

“He was like momma did you hear about it?” she said. “I said yes, and he said that’s just so scary. Could be at the wrong place at the wrong time and get hurt.”

In the letter to parents, school officials urged parents to remind their children about legal ramifications of bringing weapons to school.

“Please also reinforce the message that there are legal and student discipline consequences for any student who brings a weapon onto school property. With very limited exceptions, weapons are not allowed on school property or in vehicles on school property,” the letter said. “There are serious school discipline and police/legal consequences for students who do not follow the law. Students should check their backpacks daily to make sure they do not contain items to could get them into trouble.”

"Parents can tell their kids things, but kids are going to do what they want to do,” King said. “You try to teach your kids right from wrong, but sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other."

There was an additional police presence at the school throughout the day.

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