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A 16-year-old has been charged in the stabbing of another student after practice at the Manning Elementary School track Thursday evening.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said the 18-year-old victim, according to family members, is in serious but stable condition.

The 16-year-old has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. The juvenile has been placed into secure custody.

Martin said the crime was not a random act of violence. “The two students had an active dispute that led to this incident.”

Martin also said, “We want all parents to know the Roanoke Rapids Police Department is working closely with the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District in this matter and want to reassure all parents  that the schools in our community are safe.”

RRGSD Superintendent Julie Thompson said this morning, “We are working with the Roanoke Rapids Police Department who reassured us that our school campuses are safe for all students and staff.”

Thompson said, “While yesterday's alleged assault did occur at Manning Elementary School track, there was at no time a threat to elementary students and/or staff.” 

The superintendent commended coaches, staff and students “on the track team for their quick response and compassionate actions to call 911 and be able to get the student victim help. 

“Our local police, fire, and EMS responded quickly, and once again, I am thankful for their care of us and our district and our close proximity to them. We are also thankful for the Integrated Family Services Mobile Crisis Team of counselors who are on site today to support our students and staff. We will continue to work with RRPD to ensure all campuses remain safe for students and staff.” 

Thursday evening Martin said officers responded to the track around 5:30 p.m. after receiving an assault call.

Officers found a victim with multiple stab wounds to his body. The victim was transported to Vidant North and then taken to another facility. 

Martin declined to discuss the weapon used and said whether the 16-year-old goes through the adult court system will be a decision made by the court and the district attorney’s office.

The police department continues to investigate and anyone with further information is encouraged to call 252-533-2810 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.