BAY CITY, Mich. (WJRT) – A fistfight at Bay City Central High School escalated when police say one student pulled out a knife and stabbed another student.
Police arrested the suspect who allegedly had the knife after the incident Thursday morning.
Both teen males involved in the fight were taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police say the suspect who had the knife cut himself as well.
“It started out as a fistfight and it turns out one of the subjects who is 19 years old had a small, folding pocket knife and took that our and cut the other subject a couple of times,” says Bay City Public Safety Department Capt. Nate Webster.
That fight happened in a second floor bathroom inside Bay City Central High School. Other students were watching the fight.
“We were able to obtain some of the video shot by the students. The school resource officer is still interviewing witnesses,” Webster said.
He said staff members heard the commotion or were alerted to the fight and rushed in to break up it up. Bay City police have a school resource officer in the building who found the knife on the student and the 19-year-old was arrested.
“Schools are weapon free zones, so there will be consequences not only from the school district, but the prosectuor’s office will review this case for any charges,” Webster said.
The other student was 16 years old. Police say the students are related and this was continuation of incidents between the two. Webster credits staff and the school resource officer with preventing a worse outcome.
“Having the school resource officers in the school, they are able to give a fast response time. They are familiar with the students. I do believe that this officer knew these students just from being there and works with the staff closely,” Webster said.
The 19-year-could be arraigned Friday on a felonious assault charge.