Two female Rossville Middle School students, ages 13 and 16, have been arrested at school for each bringing a 5-inch steak knife to school Wednesday morning.
According to Walker County sheriff Steve Wilson:
Rossville Middle School administrators and Walker County Sheriff’s Office’s school resource officer found the knives concealed on the girls after developing intelligence information from students’ Facebook pages late Tuesday evening of probable weapon possession and a fight.
At the start of school Wednesday morning, the two girls were questioned and admitted to possessing the knives. The 13-year-old had concealed the knife in her bra, and the 16-year-old had concealed the knife in her boot.
Both girls have been transported to the Walker County Detention Facility and will have a detention hearing Wednesday afternoon before Walker County juvenile court judge F. Bryant Henry.
Both girls are currently on juvenile probation for unrelated charges.
The girls have been charged with disruption of school (a misdemeanor) and carrying a weapon on school property (a felony).
At this state of the investigation, it appears the two girls with the knives were in conflict with another group of female students.
The conflict involving the two students arrested and another group of girls began after lunch on Tuesday.
As the Facebook comments escalated in the afternoon, school officials contacted the student resource officer and developed a plan with the assistance of the Walker County Sheriff's Office.
Four deputies met with school officials before students arrived on Wednesday, conducting a search of each student’s backpack as they entered the school.
Further information received nearly an hour and a half after the search led school administrators to bring the two teenage girls in for questioning.
The two girls admitted to having the weapons and were taken into custody by the Walker County Sheriff's Office.