17-year-old charged with attempted murder in Columbia High School stabbing

Published: Nov. 17, 2023 at 3:05 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2023 at 7:45 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A 17-year-old is charged with attempted murder after a Columbia High School student was stabbed, according to Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

Omari Fortenberry is being charged as an adult and is being taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, Lott added.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) told WIS News 10 deputies responded to the stabbing on Friday at around 2 p.m.

The child was found by deputies bleeding in a classroom and said he had been stabbed. First responders applied pressure to his wounds until EMS arrived, an incident report said.

The student was conscious when he arrived to a local hospital, the school district said.

Columbia High School was on lockdown for around three hours. Fortenberry was found in the school gym, questioned by authorities, then taken into custody.

Lott said the knife used in the stabbing was found at the school and secured.

Students and parents of students said the stabbing happened in the school bathroom.

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