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Stabbed over tobacco? Students say Kentucky school fight started over ‘dip.’

Witness: Kentucky student stabbed in chest area in bathroom fight over dip

A student was injured May 1, 2019, when another student stabbed him during a fight at Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Kentucky.
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A student was injured May 1, 2019, when another student stabbed him during a fight at Pulaski County High School in Somerset, Kentucky.

One student was stabbed during a fight in the bathroom of a high school in Southern Kentucky Wednesday and police charged another student with assault.

Several students said they’d heard a disagreement over smokeless tobacco, or “dip,” led to the confrontation between the two male students at Pulaski County High School.

Police were still investigating and did not confirm a motive for the fight Wednesday.

The student who was hurt was taken to nearby Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, then flown to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.

The Commonwealth-Journal, the newspaper in Somerset, reported that the injured student, 18-year-old Daniel Wilson, was released from the hospital Wednesday evening.

Wilson’s mother, Katessa Brock, told the newspaper he received five stitches for a wound to his chest and planned to go to school Thursday.

Police and school officials said the fight was an isolated incident between the two teens and that no other students were involved or endangered.

Police did not release the name of the 17-year-old boy charged in the case.

The incident started about 1 p.m.

Damien Erp, a sophomore, said the two boys had argued at lunch because one wouldn’t give the other some dip, and they went into the bathroom after lunch and fought.

Erp said he was in the bathroom at the time and saw the two shoving each other.

After being shoved into a stall, one of the boys pulled a knife, Erp said.

Several students ran out of the bathroom at that point, Erp said.

Wilson first swatted away the knife, but the teen with the knife then stabbed the other one in the chest area, Erp said.

“I think I remember him saying, ‘Take me to the nurse,’“ and then friends carried him out, leaving blood behind, Erp said.

Police did not describe the knife used in the incident, but students said many boys at the school carry pocket knives.

The fight happened as students were changing classes between periods. Many students were already in classrooms, but some were still in the hallways.

Cabryn Ping, a junior, said there was an announcement over the school intercom for teachers to hold students in classrooms.

Teachers also hurried kids out of the halls and into classes, and locked the classroom door, Ping said.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office stations a school resource officer at the school. That officer, Alex Wesley, took the boy who’d had the knife into custody, according to a news release.

He was charged with first-degree assault.

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