Students walk out at Marshall High demanding better school security after campus stabbing
A group of students walked out of Marshall High School Friday chanting, ”we deserve better than that” and “we need to be safe in school” as they demanded tighter security in the school’s district and nearby streets.
The walkout, taking place across Marshall County and adjacent counties, came hours after a 16-year-old boy stabbed two people outside a home in Marshall County and later turned himself in to police.
Tallahassee Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Sible said the boy accused of stabbing a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl at the home near Gadsden was on the run Friday afternoon when he flagged down a deputy, asking for a ride.
Officers found him on top of the victim in a field where he’d stabbed him in the chest with a 4-inch kitchen knife, Sible said. The victim told investigators the boy then walked him to his home in the 800 block of North Fourth Street in Tallahassee, then turned off the victim’s truck and took off, Sible said.
Police said the boy then returned to the scene and attempted to kill the victim and his friend, the two men were stabbed and the 15-year-old boy’s throat was slashed.
“He’s been to our school, to our park, we’ve had school buses drive by his house and look out the windows. But he’s never had contact with our school,” said John Bynum, an eighth grader who was at the scene with his sister, who also was present. “You can’t walk around with a knife that small. He’s completely out of control.”
Parents are upset when their children do not have as much access to school as they would like, and say there needs to be more security, Bynum said.
“It was an accident; we were just playing,” Bynum said. “It’s not an attack on any of the kids, but it’s an attack on society.”
A school security officer who declined to be named said the