Armona, CA – A 13-year-old girl at Parkview Middle School was arrested on Wednesday after she stabbed another student over a bag of stolen chips, authorities said.
The girl told police that she was just “goofing around” when she stabbed a boy in the back with a pocket knife, and did not mean to hurt him as bad as she did. She said she and the victim were in the playground of the school when the boy stole her bag of potato chips.
She says she jokingly told the boy she was going to poke him with the pocketknife, then ran up behind him and stabbed him once in the back. “She said it infuriated her,” Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam. “But she also said that she didn’t intend to cause the damage she did. She just meant to poke him with it.”
The girl told police that the pocket knife, which had a blade well over three inches long, wasn’t hers, she was just holding it for a friend. The boy was taken to Adventist Medical in Hanford then flown to Community Regional Medical Center for further treatment because of the severity of the wound. No word on his current condition, but they are not believed to be life threatening.
School officials said they have addressed the students over the incident and have talked to them about resolving conflicts without violence. They also added they feel the campus is safe. “I’ve been in the district 14 years,” said superintendent Steve Bogan. “We’ve never had an incident like this.”
The girl has been booked into Kings County juvenile hall for assault with a deadly weapon and may be expelled from school. Police are continuing their investigation as they say there are inconsistencies with the teen’s story.