Girl charged as juvenile after stabbing at Philadelphia public school

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Police say one 8th grader stabbed a classmate with a pair of scissors. (WPVI)

Police say an 8th-grade girl is being charged in connection with a stabbing during a fight with another 8th-grade girl at Cooke Elementary School in Logan.

The 13-year-old student is being charged as a juvenile with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and related charges.

It happened at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday as students were entering the building for the start of classes.

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School District spokesman Fernando Gallard told Action News two girls got into a fight, and one student stabbed the other in the arm and shoulder with a pair of scissors.

The two girls knew each other and have had disputes in the past, Gallard said.

According to Philadelphia police, the incident happened in a 3rd-floor hallway.

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The injured student, a 14-year-old girl, was said to be conscious and alert as medics took her to Einstein Medical Center.

Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The other student was taken into police custody. Police say they did recover the scissors used in the attack.

According to Gallard, it is not clear if the weapon came from school or if the attacker brought it from home.

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The school is located in the 1300 block of West Loudon Street and serves kindergartners through 8th-graders.

Action News spoke with some parents who were understandably concerned.

"We just happened to be riding past on my way to work, and bam! The cops are out here in front of our kids' school," said Madison Robinson of Logan. "It's kind of crazy."

"It's not necessarily this school, it's a lot of schools," said parent Felisha Gilchrist. "It's a lot of neighborhoods, a lot of schools. I think this is a good school, but it's just the kids and the parents. And if they're not active or they're not into their kids' lives, then what do you expect?"

Parents we spoke with were concerned about what they called a slow response about getting information about the incident. In response, the school district says it tries to notify parents as soon as time allows.

Gallard explains, "If the principal is busy trying to control the scene, it will take a little bit of time to make that phone call and get it out to parents."

As other parents arrived, many expressed relief their children were not involved, and that the situation had been resolved.
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