Security Officer stabbed at a Washington Local School Tuesday

Security Officer stabbed at a Washington Local School Tuesday
(Source - Facebook: Craig Hanna)
(Source - Facebook: Craig Hanna)

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Toledo Police Chief George Kral says a Washington Local School Security Officer was stabbed at a school Tuesday.

Chief Kral says Officer Craig Hanna was stabbed with a steak knife just after 9 a.m. at Jefferson Junior High School but uninjured in the attack.

According to the police report, Officer Hanna heard a knock on his office door. As he opened the door, that swings outward, he at first did not see anyone. Officer Hannah then stepped out into the hallway and observed a boy standing to the left of the door.

Officer Hanna then felt what he described as a poke in his abdominal area and then saw a metal object fall to the ground and noticed it was a knife.

The report states that Officer Hanna then placed the boy in handcuffs and escorted him to the office.

While in the office, the boy told Officer Hanna, "I want to kill you because I don't like you," followed by "I didn't think the knife would break" and "If I stabbed you, I would be on the news and be famous," according to the police report.

According to the police report and Chief Kral, Officer Hanna was wearing a protective vest and that caused the steak knife to break at the handle when it made contact with his body.

Officer Hanna did not require medical attention during the incident, but did have a small cut where the skin broke on his abdomen.

Chief Kral says the attacker was a 13-year-old boy who was a student at the school.

Lucas County Juvenile Prosecutor Lori Olander says the 13-year-old is charged with assault on a Police Officer.

He will be in juvenile court Wednesday morning.

After this incident, safety was front and center on everyone's mind that included the Washington Local School Board.

Tuesday night they met in executive session behind closed doors to discuss a number of things like the Treasurers performance.

During that time the school board also discussed safety, security and response protocols. They stayed in executive session for close to two hours.

The board president Thomas Ilstrup believes the incident was handled appropriately Tuesday and in the best interest of their students. He believes the discussion now moves towards revisiting the issue of school safety to ensure staff and students are protected.

School leaders say there were no previous threats made prior to the incident and it appeared to happen out of the blue. They say they have work to do for the future.

"Were going to have to do a little bit of investigation to see what can be done to address that," said Thomas Ilstrup, Washington Local School Board President. "He was a student in that school he was properly in that building. He was not supposed to be bringing that with him he was able to secrete it and take action I'm not sure short of a pat down when you enter the building whether we can address all that, but again those safety issues we will be discussing in great detail in the future."

Believe it or not, despite this morning's incident at Jefferson Junior High where officer Craig Hanna was stabbed, he showed up to the board meeting and was seen joking with board members after the meeting concluded.

The board president said he was proud of officer Hanna's response and they're glad he was doing well.

The board will be talking about student safety in further detail at Wednesday night's regularly scheduled board meeting.

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