Student stabbed at Lake Shore Middle, school officials say

1 student detained after stabbing, principal tells parents

By Corley Peel - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A student stabbed another student Tuesday afternoon at Lake Shore Middle School on Jacksonville's Westside, according to officials with Duval County Public Schools.

One of the students was taken to a hospital, and the other was taken into police custody, Principal Caleb Gottberg said in a robocall notifying parents of the incident. 

"School administrators were alerted to a student who received a stab wound as a result of a physical altercation. The student was immediately transported to receive medical care and school police secured the scene. A student has been detained and law enforcement is actively investigating this situation," Gottberg said in the call.

Video showed a student holding his hand, which appeared to be wounded, while being taken out on a stretcher from the school on Bayview Road. It's unclear at this time the role that student had in the fight.

Many parents and guardians told News4Jax it's terrifying knowing such a violent act happened at their children's school. 

Tim Hall, whose grandson is in eighth grade at Lake Shore Middle School, said he saw ambulances and a fire truck in front of the school during pickup. 

"I would be devastated for that to happen and also for all the other children around, as far as it being a shock to them and being afraid to come to school -- which you should never be," Hall said. "Hopefully, it's just an isolated incident and that they'll get these measures cleaned up."

His grandson, Cameron Kennan, said word about the stabbing spread quickly throughout the school. 

"At lunch, there was a fight. Two kids broke out into a fight, but the teachers got that handled," he said. "I've seen a couple of fights break out, but nothing like that."

Hall said taking his grandson to and from school is a special privilege he gets to do every day, but he hopes there won't be any more violent acts preventing him from picking up from now on. 

"While this is an isolated incident, we have security protocols in place and are taking this situation very seriously as student safety is our top priority," Gottberg told parents.

School officials said a letter will also be sent home with students Wednesday.

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