A Midway High School student was arrested Thursday after allegedly attacking and cutting another student in the cafeteria with a pocketknife, Midway Independent School District officials said.
Woodway police were called to campus at 12:30 p.m. after two boys younger than age 18 began fighting, Midway spokeswoman Traci Marlin said.
The victim, 17, was cut once in the upper torso and was treated by the school’s nurse, officials said. The student then was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, Marlin said.
Woodway Public Safety Department Chief Yost Zakhary said a Midway coach and an on-campus officer broke up the fight quickly and other students’ safety was not threatened.
The attack was not gang- related and the suspect didn’t try to attack anyone else, he said.
Neither student had any previous disciplinary issues, Zakhary said.
The alleged attacker, 16, is expected to be expelled from Midway ISD, as school policy dictates mandatory expulsion for any student charged with aggravated assault, according to Midway’s Student Code of Conduct. Principal Jeff Gasaway said the student was charged with aggravated assault.
The code of conduct also requires expulsion if a student is found possessing or using a blade less than 3 inches long, such as the knife allegedly used Thursday.
Marlin said the alleged attacker brought the knife onto the campus and it is thought to be his or his family’s personal property. The knife was not illegal, but it is prohibited within 300 feet of the school, she said.
Gasaway issued a statement after the incident encouraging parents to teach their students healthy anger management techniques and offered counseling to any struggling students.
“This kind of behavior is not tolerated at Midway High School,” he said. “We have a strong tradition of having a positive environment to encourage learning, and anything to the contrary is absolutely unacceptable. We will pursue the strongest possible discipline for hurting a student as well as disturbing our peaceful campus.”