, Corbin, KY

September 30, 2013

No charges expected in Knox Central knife incident


CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

No charges are expected to be filed after an incident at Knox Central High School Thursday.

According to a letter sent home to parents from principal Tim Melton, a student was injured by a knife while in the locker room.

“At this time we believe that this was an accident that occurred and no harm or threat was intended,” the letter states. “Our school leadership team is investigating the incident which took place and initial disciplinary action was taken.”

The letter also stated because the incident involved a knife, the Barbourville Police Department was contacted to assist with the investigation.

According to Detective Steve Owens, the BPD plans to review the information and “discuss if there is any additional action needed.”

Melton’s letter also urged parents to monitor what their children carry to school.

“Please check your child’s backpack each day and make sure that they bring to school only those items that are permitted on school property,” the letter states. “For Knox Central High School to remain safe, we must all work together – parents, staff, and community members – to provide education and awareness on school safety.”

The school’s public relations director Frank Shelton said the knife injury appeared accidental.

“We do not believe that the knife was brought onto campus to cause harm or create fear,” Shelton said. “As a result, we are educating students and parents on what is prohibited at school and the reasons why.”

The identity of the two students involved will not be divulged.

“Because this involves juveniles and the investigation is continuing, I’m unable to provide any further information at this time,” Shelton added.

If there are questions, parents should contact assistant principal David Jackson at (606) 546-9253.