Thursday, September 13, 2007


Georgia 7th Grader Takes Classmates Hostage

‘Authorities in Wilkinson County say a seventh-grader armed with two steak knives held six fellow students hostage Thursday morning but was disarmed and arrested 45 minutes later.

Officials say the boy brought the knives into Wilkinson County Middle School at about 7:50 a.m. and trapped six students in a classroom with him. But a female student was able to escape and notified a teacher.

Principal Aaron Geter says teachers cleared the hallways of students while he negotiated with the boy, who was using his body to block the door.

The principal said Irwinton and Wilkinson County law officers arrived within minutes. The officers, prinicpal and teachers tried to persuade the boy to surrender.’

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