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Student charged in knife fight at school

An 11th grade Halifax County High School student has been charged with disorderly conduct and possession of a concealed weapon (knife) following an altercation that is alleged to have occurred Thursday afternoon in a third floor high school science class, according to Secondary Education Superintendent Frosty Owens. Because the student allegedly dropped the knife in the course of the altercation, authorities are not charging assault with a deadly weapon, Owens said.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. when students were in their fourth block classes, School Principal Albert Randolph said.

Two male students were involved, and a weapon was found in the classroom, the principal said, alleging one of the students took a knife with a two to three-inch blade from a backpack.

However, the knife was not used in the fight, Randolph said, adding, “We take this seriously.”

He credited no one being hurt in the incident to the teacher’s quick response.

“It was handled quickly by the teacher, administrators and resource officer,” the principal said, “that’s why it didn’t escalate any further.”

According to Randolph, the teacher pressed a relay button notifying administrators to come to the science room. Four administrators immediately responded along with the resource officer.

“We don’t tolerate any conduct of this nature under any circumstances,” the principal said.

In addition to charges being filed against the student, he has been suspended and will be recommended for expulsion, Randolph added.

The resource officer transported the 11th grader who allegedly had the knife to the intake office in Halifax, the principal said.