BETHESDA, MD (WJLA) - A stabbing at one of the Metro area's most highly regarded public schools, puts one student in the hospital, and another in handcuffs.
Around 12:30 p.m. Friday, two female students exchanged words as they walked into their seventh period honors science class at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. About two dozen students were pulling out their pencils and notebooks as the cursing, pushing, hair-pulling, and kicking began. Cell phone video obtained by ABC7 (see video above) shows a teaching calling for security, while pleading with the girls to stop fighting.
About 90 seconds after the first shove, the video shows one of the girls raise a pair of scissors in her hand, and proceed to stab the other girl in the face.
"What are you doing? Put the damn scissors away," the injured girl can be heard saying in the cell phone video.
"It was really wild," said freshman Eric Widemann, who heard the melee from a nearby classroom. "The girl stabbed someone in the face, and kind of tore the flesh off their cheek, so it's pretty gruesome."
One eyewitness, who didn't want to share his name, said three or four security guards and a male teacher ran into the classroom to break-up the tussle, but it was too late.
"Oh yeah, [the girl who stabbed her classmate] is a good student," sophomore Tim Harrison said. "She's nice, she never talks to the student, like this came out of the blue."
The bloody scene was a shock, especially at Walter Johnson; a school that's consistently received high academic rankings on the county, state and national level.
"This is the first I've ever heard of anything like this," Harrison added. "Great grades, a lot of students make it to college; to have a stabbing, it surprises me."
In an email sent to parents Friday afternoon, Walter Johnson High School principal Jennifer Baker said:
"This type of incident is highly unusual for our community and will not be tolerated. Safety remains our top priority... The school will also conduct our own investigation and determine the appropriate consequences."
Montgomery County Police detained the alleged stabber, who is a minor. It's unclear if charges will be filed against her. Paramedics rushed the other girl to a local emergency room with what witnesses describe as deep cuts to her hands and upper cheek.
"It's a really good school, like honestly I never would expect that. It was really out of nowhere, but I guess no one's immune to it, we're all human," Widemann concluded.