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School Stabbing the Result of Bullying?

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Rashonda Walden claims her daughter was fighting back against bullies Rashonda Walden claims her daughter was fighting back against bullies

A knife attack at a Chatham County school left a 7th grade girl with stab wounds, another in custody facing serious charges.  

But that's not the whole story, according to the attacker's family.

"The other girls are out here free and my daughter is in juvenile jail because she tried to defend herself," explains Rashonda Walden.

As Rashonda Walden sits at home, her daughter Savannah is waiting inside a juvenile detention center, accused of aggravated assault for what her mom calls "self defense."

"She said mama I just got tired of getting jumped on, getting picked on," said Rashonda. "I'm just tired. I gotta go to school to defend myself all the time. I guess my daughter had enough of it and she took a knife to school to defend herself."

The Derenne Middle School 7th grader took that knife and stabbed a classmate in the school hallway.
That was the end result, but it's a crime that Rashonda says started two months ago, with girls bullying her daughter.

"The other girl got her friends to jump my daughter constantly and constantly and constantly," said Walden.

Rashonda says she asked for help more than a dozen times, but the school didn't do enough to stop the bullies. Then Walden says they moved those threats from school hallways to Facebook, and her home.

"They came and threatened me Saturday," said a defiant Rashonda. "Said they would jump her out at my house, put on Facebook they were going to jump her Monday, which they did."

News 3 asked Savannah-Chatham County Schools Police Chief Ulysses Bryant about Walden's mother's claims of Facebook threats.

"I do know there was some connection of that type. Specifically I can't speak to it," said Chief Ulysses Bryant.

An incident report News 3 obtained shows just last Thursday these same girls got into a fight.  

In that case, both were charged with Affray and Disrupting a Public School.

But school officials say they don't have any record of complaints by Savannah Walden or her mother.

Despite those facts, Rashonda Walden remains strong in her convictions that her daughter's attack could have been stopped before anyone was hurt.

"This could have been prevented," said Walden. "If the school had done something, this wouldn't have happened. My daughter wouldn't be in jail right now."

The girl who was stabbed suffered cuts to her head, arms, and shoulder.  

Those injuries are not considered life-threatening.  

Savannah Walden remains in custody Tuesday, awaiting a hearing in this case Wednesday.  

News 3 has learned there were no metal detectors at the doors of Derenne Middle School Monday, but hand-held metal detectors are on hand every day.  

Every student at the school was scanned with those Tuesday morning.

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