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Clinton student injured in altercation

By Roslyn Anderson - bio | email

CLINTON, MS (WLBT) – Clinton police were investigating an altercation at the high school that left one student injured Tuesday.

A weapon was used in the incident and one student involved was taken to jail.

Brenda Caston got the call no parent wants to receive.

Clinton High School officials informed her that her 17 year old daughter Nyle Moore was injured during an altercation with another student.

While waiting in the University Medical Center emergency room the teenager told WLBT that she was in the cafeteria talking to another girl when 18 year old Javonta Younger walked up to her, grabbed a knife from her purse and began cutting her.

"I'm just sorry how they handled the problem. They should have called an ambulance," said the victim's mother Brenda Caston. 

"She was hurting. She was injured in her neck, in her hand, in her arm," added Caston. 

"An altercation during the lunch period today at Clinton High School resulted in one student being cut with a knife on the neck and hand. CHS notified both students' parents, and the injured student was taken to the doctor by her mother. The second student was taken into custody by the Clinton Police Department," said Clinton Public School District Public Information Officer Sandi Beason. 

Police Chief Don Byington said Younger was charged with assault and possession of a knife on school property. 

He described the weapon as a medium to large kitchen knife.

Byington said there had been an ongoing feud between the two students that involved texting and verbal threats which escalated into the altercation.

"She probably did know the girl. She probably did. She said they were in the lunch room," said Caston. 

The 46 year old Clinton resident said her daughter was being bandaged in the office when she arrived on campus. 

Police said medical personnel described the teenager's injuries as small non- life threatening cuts to her left and right hands and the back of her neck. 

Younger is being held at the Clinton Police Department without bond. 

According to Clinton Public School District policy, students who bring weapons to school face expulsion. 

Brandishing a weapon at someone or acting in an aggressive manner can result in more severe penalty.  

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