Official says social media dispute may have caused stabbing


Madeline Parish

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The fight that resulted in a student being stabbed on a bus may have been a planned attack caused by a dispute in social media, said a TISD official.

The fight involved three female students and occurred around 7:50 a.m. on bus 601, which was substituting for bus 587.

“We have video footage that has been reviewed, and the bus driver’s comment is that there is a possibility that it was a planned attacked given that this situation actually started last night via Facebook social posts between the girls,” said Tina Veal-Gooch, executive director of public relations.

The victim was stabbed five to eight times in the back and shoulder area. She was then transported to CHRISTUS St. Michael’s Hospital, Veal-Gooch said.

“The first update is going to be in regards to her wellbeing and her safety,” Veal-Gooch said. “So far, her wounds have been treated, and they are just waiting for a physician to determine whether or not she will need surgery.”

The suspect was taken into custody by the TISD police department. She will be transported to the Bi-State Justice Center and charged with aggravated assault once paperwork is completed.

“If it had been a pocket knife that was 5 1/2 inches, then possibly the charge would have been moved to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon,” Veal-Gooch said.

The third student acted as an instigator and was questioned and released.

The 25 students who were on the bus have all been questioned and searched. Most of their parents have come to pick them up.

“You can imagine how traumatic something like that could be,” Veal-Gooch said. “We want to make sure all the students are taken care of.”

Veal-Gooch encourages parents to monitor their child’s social media accounts.

“What I hope comes out of this is that parents will realize the importance of checking their kids social media,” Veal-Gooch said. “If some dispute is going on that could possibly result in an altercation, they should contact a teacher of staff member to prevent something like this from happening.”