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Sheriff: 14-year-old girl with large kitchen knife arrested at Frederick County high school

The freshman is facing several charges after deputies say she took out an 8-10 inch kitchen knife during a fight in the school cafeteria.

FREDERICK, Md. — A 14-year-old girl is facing multiple charges after deputies say she took out a large kitchen knife during a fight with another student at a Frederick County high school Friday. 

Officers responded to Governor Thomas Johnson High School, located at 1501 N Market Street Frederick, Maryland, around 12:30 p.m. 

According to a release from the sheriff's office, the incident started during an altercation between two girls in the school cafeteria. During the altercation, the School resource officer (SRO) noticed one of the girls, an unidentified 14-year-old freshman, took out a large 8-10 inch kitchen knife. The SRO says the girl held the knife "in a threatening manner." 

The SRO and other school administrators reportedly disarmed the student and she was taken into custody. 

No injuries were reported and everyone was deemed safe.

The girl faces several charges, including:

  • 1st-degree assault,
  • 2nd-degree assault,
  • Resisting arrest,
  • Disturbing school operations,
  • Affray,
  • Dangerous weapon on school property,
  • Reckless endangerment.

The incident remains under investigation.

Editor's Note: The sheriff's office originally reported that the suspect tried to stab multiple students. The department later updated the information to reflect that the incident was between two students.


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