BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (WTVA) - A Blue Mountain High School student is recovering from his injuries after the school district superintendent said his friend accidentally stabbed him during gym class.
School administrators said the incident happened in the middle of gym class on Friday.
The victim's mother said around 1:40 p.m. a group of students, including her son, were in the locker room unsupervised.
Shortly after, she said someone turned out the lights, and when they turned the lights back on, they found her son with a knife in the left side of his lower ribs.
She said two other boys carried her son to the front office where the school’s resource officer called 911.
First responders arrived and flew him from the baseball field to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
He suffered injuries to his spleen and diaphragm, and his mother said he still has a chest tube inserted.
In a text message to a WTVA reporter, the mother said the boy responsible for her son’s injuries is a good kid, and she doesn’t think anyone intended to hurt her son.
South Tippah School District Superintendent Frank Campbell released a statement to parents saying:
"We want to reassure you that the unsubstantiated rumors from Friday in regard to a stabbing at Blue Mountain High School are false. This was an accident. We as a school district have always strived to keep our students safe and will always try to do that. We apologize for any misinformation you may have heard."
According to the school's handbook: No student shall possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun rifle, pistol or other firearm of any kind, any explosive devise, BB gun, air rifle, air pistol, Bowie knife, pocket knife, dirk, dagger, sling shot, leaded cane, switch blade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, and razor blades, and any sharp pointed or edged instrument.
The mother said she hopes her son will be able to come home by the end of the week. There is no word on whether or not the student reponsible for her son's injuries will de disciplined by the school.