ROUND ROCK, Texas — Austin-area school leaders and police are investigating after two separate incidents involving knife fights on Tuesday.
According to a letter sent to parents by Stony Point Principal Anthony Watson, at the start of the first period Tuesday, the administration was made aware of loud noises coming from the blacktop. It was discovered there was a fight between two students who had arranged to meet for that reason.
During the fight, one of the students experienced a non-life-threatening injury from a knife and was transported for medical treatment. The perpetrator was arrested by the Round Rock Police Department and now faces legal consequences.
According to the letter, both students will also face disciplinary action from the school, as "fighting or any other type of violence towards fellow students is a serious violation of our student code of conduct."
In the letter, Principal Watson requested that parents remind their children to immediately contact an authority figure if they hear any rumors or conversations regarding possible harmful actions.
"The safety and security of our students and staff are our top priorities, and we will remain vigilant in protecting them," Watson wrote.
One student told KVUE fights like these are scary, but he still feels safe at Stony Point.
“You don’t want to see your fellow classmates and stuff fighting each other but especially when one pulls a knife, it's just like, very … very scary," said Austin Stephens, a sophomore at Stony Point. "I always feel safe at school."
His mom, Jeannie Stephens, said she has no issues with the school district and that an event like this could happen anywhere – but it's scary when this happens at school.
“That’s something that can happen everywhere, but I think it's more heightened and I feel a little bit more concerned when it happens at school," Jeannie said.
According to a letter released by Akins Early College High School Principal Tina Salazar, another fight broke out a boy's basketball scrimmage.
The letter states an altercation broke out Tuesday night between an Austin ISD student and another non-student. After the fight settled, school leaders determined the non-student was injured by a knife and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
She said Akins administration is working with the AISD Police Department to review the incident and interview students. No other information could be provided because the investigation is still active.
Principal Salazar said any concerned parents are welcome to contact Akins administration.
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