Officials: Jennings HS basketball player stabbed after getting off team bus

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by Brendan Marks and Elizabeth Eisele | @KMOV

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Posted on January 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 5:42 PM

(KMOV) – Authorities are investigating after they say a player on the Jennings varsity boys basketball team was stabbed during an altercation Thursday night. Officials believe it may have stemmed from a previous incident involving Normandy High School students.

According to police, a fight broke out between members of the Normandy and Jennings girls’ basketball teams after a game at Normandy High School earlier in the week. Jennings school officials said the incident was brought under control quickly and no injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.

On Thursday, the Jennings boys basketball team had just gotten off the bus around 8:30 p.m. when they were met by non-Normandy students. A fight broke out and one of the players was stabbed.

“During the verbal argument,” said St. Louis County Police officer Jeff Fuesting, “the suspect struck him in the head…and stabs the victim in the torso.”

Police described the victim’s injuries as non-life threatening.

Jennings school officials say the students involved would face disciplinary actions, but no other details were available. The district plans to hold a town hall meeting on February 13 to discuss reducing crime and protecting students.

“We want to do everything possible,” said Jennings Superintendent Dr. Tiffany Anderson, “to protect our students.”

Police said the victim did the right things and had repeatedly refused to get into a fight with the suspect.

Authorities have not confirmed whether the incidents were directly related and continue to investigate.

 

 

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