RICHMOND — A 17-year-old Madison Central High School student has been charged with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing a fellow student during a fight at the school Thursday afternoon.
The boy was taken Thursday night to the Fayette County Juvenile Detention Center, Richmond police Sgt. Willard Reardon said.
The victim, also a 17-year-old male, was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital. He has not been identified by authorities because he is a minor, but students say Stevie Christopher Caldwell was stabbed. A Stevie Caldwell was listed in fair condition Thursday night.
No other students were injured.
Reardon said the stabbing happened at 12:20 p.m. during an altercation between two 17-year-old boys in the food lab area.
Reardon said a principal and a student resource officer quickly got "the situation under control."
The sergeant declined to comment on the cause of the fight because the case is under investigation.
Officials said the attack was isolated, and there was no other threat to any students or staff members, according to a release from the school district.
Madison County Superintendent Tommy Floyd said the district will examine classroom practices as part of an investigation into the stabbing. But "it would be premature to say" what, if anything, would change, Floyd said.
Despite Thursday's attack, Floyd said Madison Central is a safe campus.
"I think the unity there today shows that there are a lot of people there who care deeply about the students," Floyd said.
The school was placed on lockdown until 2:45 p.m., the end of the school day.
Afterward, small groups of students milled around the Marathon gas station on Second Street, just down the street from the school, where they stood around smoking cigarettes and talking on their cell phones.
Senior Jesse Saunders, 17, said the altercation happened during fourth period. Jesse said he was heading to his biology class, which was next to the food lab, and he was in the hallway when he "heard Stevie scream."
Jesse said all of the students were "swept away" to a classroom and locked down for about 21/2 hours. He said there wasn't much conversation, "it was just all really depressing."
Jesse said it was ironic because earlier this week teachers at the school had administered a survey that asked students how safe they felt in school.
"I personally don't feel safe anywhere, so I said 'no,'" Jesse said. "But I definitely don't feel safe at school now."
Senior Aaron Hatton, 18, said he was at a friend's house when he got a call about the fight. When he got to the school, "there were cops and news crews everywhere."
At least two police cars were parked in the school's lot Thursday afternoon. Several news trucks were parked across the street. Staff members stood at the door of the school letting people go in and out.
All activities and events at the school Thursday night were canceled, including the Madison County Board of Education meeting, which was to be in the lecture lab at the school.
There are no classes Friday because of the district's fall break.
The school district will offer counseling services to any student when school resumes Monday.