ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - One student was injured and another is in custody after a stabbing at the Athens High School stadium. According to authorities, 16-year-old Rashaun Tyree Anderson stabbed another student in the abdomen around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The injured student, 18-year-old Tarik Malone, was flown to Huntsville Hospital to be treated. His family said Tarik lost a kidney and part of his colon as a result of the stabbing. He is in stable condition.
Anderson was taken into custody for questioning at the scene and was later charged with second degree assault. His bond was set at $5,000.
Police said Malone was stabbed in the side by a pocketknife with a three-inch blade. They said it happened after an altercation over a stolen item in the field house.
Both students are football players at the school, according to a school district employee.
Police also interviewed witnesses who said students took the knife away from the alleged stabber. They said the altercation happened after an incident in the locker room.
School officials said the school did not go on lockdown because it was an isolated incident at the stadium, and not the main school building. They released the following statement after a news conference on Tuesday evening:
"Athens City Schools is saddened by this situation, but wants to assure our students, parents, and community that we will continue to provide safe and secure buildings and grounds through our local partnership with the Athens Police Department. This isolated incident will not deter our diligence in this pursuit. We want to thank the Athens Police and Fire Departments and the Athens – Limestone Hospital Emergency Services for their quick and immediate response to our situation. I also appreciate the Athens High School administrators and faculty for responding quickly to get professional help to the campus. The location of the incident on campus and the immediate response of the city departments listed, allowed the school day to end normally and without activating additional emergency procedures. Several of our community members may be affected by this incident and all of the Athens High School counselors and staff will be available for any student that needs assistance.
All of the schools within the system will operate on their regular schedules tomorrow, but if parents wish to have personal time with their child instead, then the school system will honor those wishes and those absences will be excused. We expect there to be requests for additional information, but until the investigation is concluded, please know that we cannot comment."
Limestone County Schools issued a statement about the incident. It says in part, "We wish to extend to all our friends in Athens City Schools our best wishes as they work through this tragic event. Please keep the families impacted by this tragic news in your thoughts and prayers.
"Let's take this tragedy as an opportunity to reflect upon this incident and with others across the country, we must be ever mindful that the welfare of our students must always be at the forefront," the statement said.
Officials said Tuesday afternoon that classes for Wednesday will be held on a normal schedule.
Malone is currently recovering at Huntsville Hospital.
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