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Teen accused of threatening classmate with knife

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According to police, the incident happened around 8:30 Monday morning. According to police, the incident happened around 8:30 Monday morning.
Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong
Shelby County School Superintendent James Neihof Shelby County School Superintendent James Neihof

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 14-year-old student at Shelby County High School was arrested after allegedly putting a knife to a classmate's throat.

According to police, the incident happened around 8:30 Monday morning. Chorus class was about to begin when an eighth grader began arguing with another teenager over a seat by the door, then pulled out a knife with a five to six inch blade.

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"It all happened so quick, I'd say within a minute, minute and a half," said Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong.

School officials said the suspect then took the teen to the hall with the knife still on his neck. Three other students followed them, trying to talk the suspect out of it.

Shelby County School Superintendent James Neihof said the one who followed were saying, "You don't want to do this, this is not the right thing to do, out that down."

When that didn't work, the teens grabbed the knife.

"Grabbed him by the hand where he had the knife and started to move that hand away from that other student," Armstrong described.

The school resource officer saw what was happening and rushed to help. The teens already had taken the knife.

"I think those kids are, are probably heroes. That's probably the right word for those kids," Neihof said.

An announcement was then made to all students through the intercom. 

"That a student with a weapon was taken out of the school," a student, James Alcantara recalled.

The chorus class has 40 to 50 students, all 8th or 9th graders. School officials said the teacher was entering the attendance on the computer and had not seen what happened in the back of the class.

"I worry about my kids in school, and whether or not they're safe and that you don't know, you just have to pray," parent Darrell Taylor said.

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