Authorities in New Jersey say an eighth-grade student was arrested for stabbing the school’s principal several times in the chest during a rehearsal for upcoming graduation ceremonies.
According to UPI, a teacher intervened, grabbing the weapon before Kurt Schweitzer, principal of Washington School in Rutherford, was potentially injured more severely.
A Rutherford Police Department statement indicated that after the attack, the “student then turned around, dropped the knife, and placed his hands in the air.”
The teacher who allegedly removed the folding knife from the 14-year-old suspect then escorted the student outside to waiting police officers at about 9:30 a.m. on Friday, as reported by the New York Post.
The unidentified juvenile was arrested on suspicion of possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Local police officers will reportedly be on hand as added security at Wednesday evening’s graduation event.
Officials say there were no other injuries associated with the incident and Schweitzer was treated for injuries described as not life-threatening.
“He’s a little shaken by what happened,” said Superintendent Jack Hurley.
As of the latest reports available, police say the investigation remains ongoing.
“RPD is confident there are no remaining threats to any students or faculty,” a tweet from the police agency stated.
Please see the below press release for more
information pertaining to the incident that took place today.
RPD is confident there are no remaining threats to any students or faculty. However given today’s events RPD will have a presence at Wednesday night’s graduation. pic.twitter.com/rX60JKO3As
— Rutherford Police (@RutherfordPDNJ) June 14, 2019
[Featured image: Washington School, Rutherford Public Schools]