Stabbing at LES leaves 2 injured

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 18, 2007

LINDEN &8212; An early morning altercation at Linden Elementary School yesterday resulted in one 16 year-old being placed in jail facing a felony assault II charge and another 16 year-old recovering from minor injuries sustained during the attack.

Jasime Smith, 16, of Sweet Water was arrested and charged as an adult for assault II, a felony charge, as a result of the incident, Linden Police Chief Jeff Laduron said. The charge is a class B felony and carries a sentence time of two to 20 years in jail.

The incident occurred yesterday morning on a school bus outside of Linden Elementary School. The bus transports the girls and other high school students to the elementary school for breakfast each morning.

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Laduron said the two girls had exchanged &8220;words&8221; with each other on Wednesday. The bus driver said that the two were not sitting together on the bus yesterday morning, Laduron said.

Laduron said the wounds were not life threatening.

The school nurse treated the victim of the attack at school, officials said. Smith also received injuries after the alleged assault when trying to hide the weapon from authorities, Laduron said.

School officials responded to the incident on the bus and confiscated the knife from Smith and then called the police. The Linden Police Department responded to the call around 8:15 a.m., Laduron said.

Davis said, although there were other students on the bus at the time of the incident, &8220;there were no other students in danger at anytime.&8221;

Davis said the victim is back in school. Laduron described the victim&8217;s condition as, &8220;OK, but still shaky.&8221;

Laduron said he is unsure at this time what the motive for the assault was.

Davis said that Smith has not returned to school and will face expulsion through a student hearing if she attempts to return to school.

Smith is being held in the Marengo County Jail awaiting a bond hearing before District Judge Wade Drinkard. Laduron said the hearing is expected to take place this morning.