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Boy, 12, accused of stabbing classmate

March 14, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A Lehigh Acres 12-year-old boy has been accused of stabbing a fellow student at Harns Marsh Middle School in Lehigh Acres and will appear on April 2 in Lee County Court.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the boy is accused of stabbing a 14-year-old student in the school cafeteria using a razor blade.

The victim, according to the Sheriff's Office, had a visible cut in his pants approximately two inches long, and was bleeding from a wound on his lower thigh.

He pulled his pant leg up to reveal a clean cut on his lower thigh approximately two inches in length which was the source of the bleeding, according to a sheriff's report.

He told investigators he had been sitting next to the boy accused of stabbing him when he boy used something to cut him on his leg under the table.

Several students who were sitting at the table during the lunch period identified the youth as the primary suspect in the incident which caused the injury to the victim's leg, according to Detective Carolyn Gamez, who responded to the school to assume the investigation.

A double-sided razor blade was located in the trash by the school's principal. According to the report, deputies said the suspect handed the razor blade to a female student who did not want to hold it and she passed it to another student who threw it away.

According to investigators, the victim said he was eating lunch at a table seated next to the accused and without warning or provocation, he felt a sharp stinging sensation on his right lower thigh which caused him to look under the table at his leg.

He said a cut in his pants and could feel his leg bleeding beneath his pants, the report stated.

He told the surrounding students he had been cut by something and felt certain that the suspect sitting next to him was responsible for the injury.

He told authorities the suspect had to be the one who cut him because of where he was sitting. He also told authorities that the suspect "seemed very fixated" on the injury.

The 14-year-old student victim was taken to the school clinic where the cut was tended to and a bandage was used to stop the bleeding.

The victim said he did not have any problems with the suspect and could not understand why he would cut him.

According to investigators the accused boy agreed to speak without an attorney present after have been read his Miranda rights.

The arrest was made after written sworn statements from students who said they were seated at the table during lunch. In addition, the student who was given the razor by the accused said she did not want to hold it and had given it to another student who threw it in a garbage can.

Investigators said in their report that the accused boy identified the recovered blade as the one he used to cut his fellow student.

The victim's mother was called and she said she would pursue criminal charges and came to the school to sign a desire to prosecute affidavit.

The accused youth was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing.

Neither of the youths are being identified by name due to their ages.

The actual charges against the 12-year-old were possession of a weapon on school property and battery by touching or striking another person. The accused boy lives on the west side of Lehigh.



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