Female student at Carmel High School disarms male student wielding knife


A Carmel High School female student was approached by a male student with a paring knife in the girls restroom during the afternoon of Feb. 8, but she was able to disarm him and escape to alert school staff members.

According to information sent to CHS parents by Principal Thomas Harmas, school administrators and police quickly identified and detained the male student. Carmel Clay Schools spokeswoman Courtney Taylor said the investigation is ongoing and was unaware if charges had been filed.

Taylor said the girl had training in defense tactics that she was able to use to disarm the male student. She did not know if the students knew each other or if she was randomly targeted.

Students were asked to remain in their classrooms until police determined it was safe for them to leave. They were dismissed at the end of the school day.

“We want to commend the bravery of our female student that was involved,” Harmas stated in the notification. “Her response and immediate reporting allowed for this event to come to a quick conclusion.”

This story will be updated.