GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — In an exclusive interview with WSB-TV's Michael Seiden, the father of a Georgia teacher described the events that led up to a student stabbing his daughter with a butcher knife.
WSB-TV first reported Monday afternoon the stabbing in a language arts classroom at Gwinnett County's Trickum Middle School.
The father said that his daughter did not have any problems with the 13-year-old student prior to Monday's attack, which started when the bell was about to ring.
"He said 'he had something to give her but it was too big to bring up. A surprise to give her. So he walked up to her desk. He rummaged around in his backpack and pulled a knife and stabbed her," he told Seiden.
His daughter was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center and was conscious and talking to first responders. No one else was hurt. School officials said the eighth-grader was taken into custody.
The teacher's father gives credit to the brave students and faculty who helped save his daughter's life.
"They were amazing. They way they treated her and some of her students stepped up. We are really blessed to have people who care about her," he said.
The father believes the district should either force students to keep their backpacks inside the lockers until the end of the day or at least make it mandatory for students to carry clear backpacks.
"Stuff like this is so easy to hide," he said.
After the exclusive interview aired on WSBTV at 5 p.m., the district sent us this response:
"We appreciate this input and will evaluate these suggestions and other recommendations we receive as we continue to study safety in our schools."
School principal Ryan Queen sent a letter to parents that was released by the school system. Read the entire letter below:
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