Deputies charge North Lenoir student after school bus knife fight

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A North Lenoir High School student has been charged after another student was cut during a school bus fight.

Yunivar Figueroa was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon on school property and disorderly conduct on school property. The 16-year-old was jailed on a $1,000.00 secured bond and has since bonded out.

Deputies say the fight happened when the bus was in the Grifton area of Lenoir County Thursday afternoon. They say the two students were in a fight, and the bus driver separated them at opposite ends of the bus and tried to finish the route.

After the route resumed, Figueroa charged the other student with a small pocket knife, cutting her on the face, according to deputies. The bus driver was able to get the knife from Figueroa, while deputies say the victim had a small cut on her face that didn't need medical treatment.

"Although we never want incidents like this to occur, we are thankful that the bus driver took the initiative to quickly intervene and stop this incident from becoming worse," said Sheriff Ronnie Ingram.

A spokesman says both students have been disciplined by the school system.

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Two students are facing disciplinary action after a fight on a school bus.

Lenoir County Schools Spokesperson Patrick Holmes says two female students began fighting Thursday afternoon on a North Lenoir High School bus near Grifton off Braxton Road when one of them used a Swiss Army knife to cut the other student across the face. We're told the blade did break skin but that neither required medical attention when EMS arrived.

Holmes says the bus driver immediately stopped the bus and called law enforcement around 3:30 p.m. Seven other students were on the bus at the time.

The two students involved have been disciplined by the school system, according to Holmes, who did not know if criminal charges will be filed.