Girl, 12, punches assailant at William Blount High School
From Staff Reports
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent attempted abduction of a 12-year-old girl at William Blount High School Tuesday evening.
The sheriff’s office responded to the school shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday to the call of an assault, according to a press release. A volleyball tournament was being held at the school that evening.
When deputies arrived, they spoke to the girl who said she was in a stairwell by the gymnasium when a man grabbed her and attempted to take her down the stairs.
The girl told deputies she punched the man in the nose, and he ran down the stairs. She said the man ran out of the school and got into the passenger side of a black sedan driven by a black male. The girl’s hand was injured in the incident.
The suspect is described as a white male in his early to mid-30s, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, short brown hair, average build, wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Those with information regarding this incident, or who saw anything suspicious at William Blount High School Tuesday evening, are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Crime Hotline at 865-273-5200, or leave the information on the Text-a-Tip link on the sheriff’s office web site at http://www.bcso.com .
School officials addressed immediate safety concerns for students, said Principal Rob Clark. Staff responded according to the district’s safety protocols.
Administrators have turned the case over to the sheriff’s office, he said. They will evaluate the school’s safety concerns.