Kaleigh Hammitt's group was working on a vegetable tray in her Madison Central High School culinary skills class early Thursday afternoon when she heard a scuffle 3 feet away.
She said she saw one of her classmates push fellow student Stevie Christopher Caldwell into a corner. The student, a 17-year-old boy, then brandished what looked like a 5- to 6-inch long steak knife, Kaleigh said.
"He was just swinging the knife in every direction trying to get Stevie," said Kaleigh, a 17-year-old senior at the school.
Caldwell, 17, tried to keep the other student away from him by grabbing his shoulders, Kaleigh said. But the teen got close enough to stab Caldwell in the chest area, Kaleigh said.
"It took me like about five minutes to realize all that red stuff was blood," Kaleigh said. "It was unreal."
Caldwell, 17, was listed in fair condition Friday at the University of Kentucky Hospital.
The teen who allegedly stabbed Caldwell has been charged with first-degree assault, said Sgt. Willard Reardon of the Richmond police. That student, whom Reardon has not identified because he is a minor, is being held in the Fayette County Juvenile Detention Center.
Reardon declined to comment on the cause of the stabbing because the investigation is ongoing.
Reardon said the fight broke out in the home economics food lab area at about 12:20 p.m. Thursday.
Kaleigh said the class had been working on preparations for a Homecoming tea event. She said Caldwell and the alleged assailant were in a group together working on a cheese ball.
Kaleigh said she had never felt unsafe before in the culinary class.
"It never occurred to me that someone would use a cooking utensil to butcher someone," she said.
The school was locked down for the rest of the day after the stabbing. No classes were scheduled Friday because of fall break.