7th-Grader Charged With Taking Middle School Students Hostage

Friday, September 7th 2007, 2:09 pm
By: News On 6

IRWINTON, Ga. (AP) _ A Georgia seventh-grader who formerly lived in Oklahoma is accused of holding six other students hostage with two steak knives.

Chief deputy Heath Bache says the boy faces charges of with carrying a weapon on school grounds, false imprisonment and terroristic threats and acts.

Officials say the boy brought the knives into Wilkinson County Middle School in middle Georgia just before 8 a.m. Thursday and trapped six students in a classroom with him. But a female student was able to escape and notified a teacher.

Sheriff Richard Chatman says that after trying to persuade the boy to surrender, officers and principal Aaron Geter were able to trap the boy between the classroom door and the wall and disarm him.

The boy's name was not released by authorities because he is a minor. His family previously lived in Savannah and Oklahoma City, and had only been in Wilkinson County for a couple of weeks.