Teen at Rock Hill psych center accused of stabbing fellow patient

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 14, 2013 

— A 15-year-old patient at New Hope Carolinas has been charged with assault after police say she stabbed a fellow patient with a pen on Tuesday.

Police on Wednesday were sent to New Hope, a residential psychiatric center that treats children and teens with violent behavior, around 10:30 a.m. and met with the mother of the 12-year-old stabbing victim and a facility employee, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

According to police, the 15-year-old girl used a pen, which patients are forbidden to carry, to stab the 12-year-old girl in the head, the report states. The girl suffered two cuts that required staples to close.

Both the victim and her attacker were separated after the incident, the report states. Officers issued the teen a juvenile summons to appear in court for third-degree assault and battery. The girl remained in New Hope Carolina’s custody.

Confidentiality standards prevented New Hope from commenting on the incident.

Sam Phifer, the center’s executive director, said New Hope operates a private school on site.

“Students are allowed to possess pens and/or pencils during and after school as essential items needed in order to continue their education,” Phifer said.

It’s unclear if the stabbing incident occurred inside a classroom or not, or during school hours.

Sharp items are only regulated for students who “clearly present...a danger to self and/or others,” he wrote in an email. “These precautions are carefully evaluated and always lifted when the need for such safety precautions is no longer present.”

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