Volunteer High student accidentally cuts classmate with razor blade

Jeff Bobo • Oct 28, 2008 at 12:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — In what police described as an incident involving “horsing around,” a Volunteer High School student suffered a cut to his leg requiring stitches when he was accidentally slashed by a classmate.

A Church Hill Police Department detective questioned the boys involved, but it was not known Tuesday evening what, if any, charges might be pressed.

“According to our initial investigation, a male student at Volunteer High School was accidentally injured at the school with a bladed instrument today,” Church Hill Police Chief Mark Johnson stated in a press release Tuesday. “Initial information indicates that two male juveniles were ‘horsing around.’ One of them had a bladed instrument, and the victim was inadvertently cut on his leg.

“The juvenile received stitches to his leg at a local hospital and was released to go home.”

VHS Principal Jim Dykes told the Times-News Tuesday that the incident involved three freshman boys.

Dykes said apparently one of the boys had been doing some roofing over the weekend and had placed the blade of a razor cutting tool in his wallet.

“Another kid said he wanted to see it, so he had it, and a third kid walked by and supposedly got his leg cut by it,” Dykes said. “It wasn’t anything intentional. The kid walked into it.”

Dykes said all three students involved will be disciplined, but the exact course of action won’t be known until the investigation is complete.

“If the intent was to do harm, then it falls under zero tolerance. But that’s not what we’re finding out,” Dykes said. “The boy said he had been doing some roofing with his brother, and that’s what he had it for. It wasn’t the knife. It was just one of the blades.”

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