Teen accused of attacking classmate with knife

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 17-year-old student is facing charges after allegedly attacking a classmate with a knife inside East Aurora High School on Monday.

Police say around 1:15 p.m. the 17-year-old student went after a classmate for no apparent reason. Officers say other students got involved and prevented any injuries. Police are planning on recognizing those students for their brave actions.

The 17-year-old student was arrested on charges of felony attempted assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. Police say there is no known motive for the attack. The two students did not know one another.

The 17-year-old student was taken to the Erie County Holding Center. No bail was set pending a psychological evaluation.

Authorities are not releasing the teen’s name due to youthful offender eligibility.

Brian Russ, Superintendent of Schools in East Aurora, released the following statement:

“An attempted assault involving two students occurred at the East Aurora high school on Monday, March 10, 2014. The students and teacher present in the classroom at the time of this incident responded quickly to relieve the situation and no one was injured. The student who allegedly initiated the assault cooperated with being taken out of the classroom and was subsequently taken into police custody.

“We will be working with the family and law enforcement on the appropriate next steps in this matter to ensure the safety of everyone at the high school is protected. All students will participate in a forum on Wednesday to review our district’s safety protocols and to emphasize the importance of reporting any situation that is perceived as potentially harmful to the personal safety of our school community. The district administration is taking this situation very seriously and we will not tolerate any inappropriate behaviors or actions that violate our district’s code of conduct. We cannot comment further at this time due to the student’s age and privacy laws.”

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