Students speak after watching classmate pull a knife on another student


by Karma Dickerson

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 12:29 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 12:41 AM

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Two students are giving a firsthand account of what happened, when a Shelby County High School student pulled a knife on a classmate.

 The two watched from different but equally terrifying vantage points as it all happened, but one didn’t let her fears top her from helping a student in need.

It was just an ordinary morning in Calista Price's first period choir class, when an argument broke out between one of her friends and another boy.

“Me and my friend we asked him what was wrong, and then he was just made, he didn't respond”, Price said.

The tension seemed to have died down but the next thing she knew, the conflict has escalated.

“He grabbed the boy and just said get up and they just went out in the hallway.  It happened instantly,” Price recalls.

But Price had no idea just how much danger her that boy, her friend was in, until her classmates started to cry out.

“I overheard someone saying there was a knife”, Jose Sanchez said.

They caused so much commotion Sanchez heard their shouts from down the hall. 

“Then I looked at the door and there's a kid with a knife”, Sanchez remembers.

According to police, that kid was a 14-year-old with a 3-4 inch hunting knife.  Sanchez says the suspect held the knife to the other student’s throat.

Inside the classroom Price says she ran to tell her teacher what had happened, while two of her classmates immediately ran into the hall and disarmed the suspect.

She helped restrain the suspect, but then focused on comforting the victim.

“He was like oh my gosh, I almost just literally died -- he was in shock”, Price remembers.

Students tell us it's still hard to make sense of what happened.

But the Shelby County Schools Superintendent is calling Price and the two other students who intervened heroes.

Modest about her own role in safely resolving the conflict, Price  says today's ordeal has left her with a new found respect for the two boys who put a classmate's safety above their own.

“I never knew they would be that brave to go and do that, because you would never think that they would go out there with someone that could get hurt and they could get hurt too... I’m really proud of them.”