Gwinnett County

Student sliced with box cutter, seriously injured, in latest violence in Gwinnett County Schools

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A Gwinnett County student was injured Monday morning after a fight broke out in a school bathroom and another student sliced them with a box cutter.

The fight happened at Grayson High School. The school district said a teacher was also in the bathroom and was able to break the fight up.

“The student who was attacked with the blade was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. He is expected to be OK,” the school’s principal said in a letter sent home to parents. “I want to be clear, what happened today is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Both students will face appropriate disciplinary consequences for fighting.”


The principal said what was even more disturbing, was that several students recorded the fights on their cellphones and posted videos of the fight on social media.

“That behavior is also unacceptable, against school district policy and those who engaged in that behavior will also face disciplinary consequences,” the principal said.

School officials said the student who used the box cutter will also face criminal charges.

The incident is the latest in a series of violence and threats in Gwinnett County Schools.

A student at Shiloh High school opened fire just minutes after dismissal after a fight on campus on Oct. 21.

A Norcross High School student was shot and killed just steps from campus during school hours on Oct. 26.

Brookwood High School was forced to go on lockdown for police to search room by room for a possible gunman on Oct. 26.

Parents rushed to the school but police later announced no credible threat was found.

The Superintendent called for the ‘crisis’ of violence to end before today’s box cutter incident.

Some parents and teachers have publicly questioned the district’s new discipline policy and the role it may play in the incidents.

Before the start of the school year, the school board passed changes to its discipline policy by easing tribunal standards. The goal is to reduce the number of minority students disproportionally punished.


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