OKC student stabs another in face at school


OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City teen is arrested for stabbing a fellow student in the face at school.

Police arrested the 7th grade suspect Monday afternoon after the violent incident at Roosevelt Middle School near May Ave. and S.W. 44th St.

The accused knife-wielding teen has been kicked out of school for the year.

He’s also been charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, as well as carrying a weapon onto school grounds.

For safety, Roosevelt Middle school uses metal detectors to guard its doors, but on Monday a 7th grader apparently sneaked a knife into school in his shoe.

The teen allegedly used that weapon to assault another student on the basketball court right in front of the school’s resource officer.

“Initially the officer who witnessed the assault thought it was somebody punched in the face, one student hitting another,” OKC Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. “It wasn’t until they were separated he saw the injuries to the victim.” 

“It’s a surprise to me; he’s not that type of boy to do anything like that,” the suspect’s mother, Leann Avilla, said.

Avilla said her son, Ruben Avila, has had ongoing issues with the victim and other boys in school.

“He hasn’t wanted to go to school,” Avilla said. “I told him to talk to teachers but he says they won’t do nothing about it. I just know he’s had a problem before in that same school. He got to where he didn’t want to be in school.”

That won’t be a problem now.

The accused knife-wielding teen has been kicked out of school for a full year.

The victim suffered a gash on his upper lip.

For their part, district leaders put out a written statement explaining,

“The district does not tolerate weapons on any school campus and administrators will work with police to prosecute any student or person who violates the district policy.”

The suspect allegedly had two weapons on him at the time, a pocket knife and a box cutting blade wrapped inside his homework papers.

The suspect’s mom said they are seeking counseling for the teen.