JCHS on lockdown after reported knife attack

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. — Swarms of police descended on Johnson Central High School this morning, after an altercation between two students escalated into violence.

EKB News has learned that the two students, both juveniles, were involved in an argument, when one pulled a knife and attacked the other.

The school has released a statement about the incident:

An altercation occurred today at Johnson Central High School between two students. One student had a pocket knife in his possession and inflicted one stab wound to the abdomen of the other student.

The injured student received immediate medical treatment from local EMS. He was fully conscious and was transported to the local hospital in stable condition.

School personnel and administration quickly responded to the situation and along with local authorities contained and secured the area. There was no outside threat and other students in the building were safe.

Student safety is of the highest priority at Johnson Central and violations of the law are handled in conjunction with local law enforcement and will be prosecuted in accordance with all local and state laws.

EKB News has a reporter en route to the school. We will bring you more information as soon as it is available.