November 4, 2005
News 12 has learned the five Hephzibah high school students involved in a school bus stabbing will be suspended for ten days. On Friday, the parent of Shanice Scott, the student stabbed, met with Hephzibah High Principal Dr. Veta New. News 12 was there and finds out of the school’s metal detectors are being used.
Bernadette Scott came to Hephzibah High School Friday for answers about a fight on a school bus that left her 17-year-old stabbed. She spent hours at Eisenhower Medical Center with her daughter Shanice.
“I ain’t feel it when it first happened, I felt it afterwards,” Shanice said.
It all stems from an altercation at school where Shanice and her friend confronted some other students on the bus about stolen stuff out of their lockers.
“We was on the bus and I went to the girl and asked her about my stuff so she laughed about it and thought it was funny so we started fighting,” said Kayla Cherry, Hephzibah HS student.
In the midst of the fight, Shanice was stabbed with a steak knife deep enough that it hit a muscle, and now Shanice has 15 stitches.
But Bernadette wonders if the stabbing could have been prevented if the school’s metal detectors would have signaled that a student had a knife.
“They are not using them, they are pushed to the side so what’s the use of having them?” Bernadette said.
Principal Dr. Veta New says that’s not true, she says those metal detectors are plugged in 24 hours a day.
“There’s really no reason for us not to plug them in as you can see,” Dr. New said.
Dr. Veta New says it is possible that the student with the knife could have used another door. Only the front entrance has the metal detectors.
“The children don’t all come in and out this door. We have rear entrances with staff there,” New said.
While the school says this is an isolated incident, Bernadette says she is thankful her daughter is alive.
The five Hephzibah High students suspended face tribunal. The date has not been set.