Teen charged with attempted murder in school attack

Southern Nash High School in Bailey, NC. (Chopper 11 HD)

March 22, 2012 11:20:25 AM PDT
The Nash County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that charges against a 15-year-old student at Southern Nash High School have been increased following an alleged attack on a fellow student.

The teen is charged as a juvenile with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a weapon on school grounds. The girl was previously charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputies said the girl attacked 16-year-old Jasmine Barnes with a scalpel in a break between classes Tuesday morning and slashed her throat.

Barnes was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for further treatment. She was last listed in good condition.

A meeting was held with parents Wednesday evening at Southern Nash to address concerns. Officials said some additional security measures are in place and additional deputies will be on campus as needed.

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