An argument on a school bus led to an incident Wednesday night in which one Mount Airy student stabbed another, according to city police.
The case involves two male students, one a 13-year-old — who was stabbed in the back about 6 p.m. — and the alleged perpetrator, who is 16.
Police have not released the name of the victim, due to his juvenile status. He reportedly was treated for the stab wound at Northern Hospital of Surry County and released.
Meanwhile, William Emory Ables, 16, a resident of Austin Drive, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, with intent to kill, Capt. Alan Freeman said Thursday.
Ables, a student at Mount Airy High School, was confined in the Surry County Jail Wednesday night under a $50,000 secured bond.
Freeman said the stabbing stemmed from a confrontation between the two youths earlier Wednesday afternoon as they were riding a school bus on their way home. The younger boy is said to be a student at Mount Airy Middle School.
After the youths went home, they made contact with each other again about three hours later in the Austin Drive/Jeffries Street neighborhood.
“An altercation took place and at that time, the 16-year-old stabbed the 13-year-old,” Freeman said.
Dr. Greg Little, superintendent of Mount Airy schools, indicated Thursday that while the stabbing occurred outside of a campus setting, it is a concern for school officials. “We rarely have issues with our students on school buses,” he said in reference to the argument that preceded the violence later.
“Right now all I can say about the incident is we’re cooperating with police on the investigation,” Little said. “Safety is and always will be the number one priority for Mount Airy schools.”
He said local educators seek to incorporate traits in students to prevent such acts.
“We work at every level to instill leadership and character development as part of our core values,” Little added.
“Any time a student does not live up to our high standards, it is disappointing and a surprise.”
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693.