MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Two high school students are facing charges after a stabbing incident at Morgantown High School, and a star athlete received praise for his role in helping to end the situation.
Morgantown police are investigating after the high school was locked down Wednesday morning. Ed Preston, the city's chief of police, said officers are looking into what led to the altercation.
Preston said officers heard there might have been some bullying issues between the students and that there had been some internet posts of that nature.
"If there were any incidents of (bullying) happening they'll be addressed," Preston said. "This was not a random act of violence. It was contained to these two individuals."
Witnesses told city police that a 17-year-old boy attacked a 14-year-old boy just after 7 a.m. in a hallway at Morgantown High. The younger boy then pulled a knife and stabbed the older boy multiple times in the arms and chest, according to a statement from police.
The 17-year-old was able to get away and was assisted by city Patrolman First Class W.H. Bender, the school resource officer. Bender performed first aid on the boy until paramedics arrived, Preston said. The police chief was not at the school when the incident occurred.
Sources inside the school told the Daily Mail that Chazzy Thomas, the Mohigans' star running back and a leading candidate for the Kennedy Award, tackled the 14-year-old boy and dragged him to the school office to await police.
Students also were posting praise for Thomas on Twitter.
Preston said that wasn't how the incident played out to his knowledge. He said the 14-year-old boy walked away from the scene but was then confronted by an "older, well-respected student athlete," who told him to go to the office. He would not release the student-athlete's name.
"His words were 'You know you're going to get in trouble. You need to go to the office,'" Preston said. "There was no struggle or any incident with the 14-year-old. He was very complacent with the orders he was given at that time."
The student-athlete was not involved in the stabbing in any way and the younger boy did not struggle with him, Preston said.
"That's extremely mature for a high school kid," Preston said of the student-athlete's actions.
Morgantown Coach John Bowers said Wednesday morning that the school wasn't ready then to make a statement due to confidentiality issues regarding minors.