SPRING HILL — A 14-year-old boy accused of stabbing a classmate at J.D. Floyd K-8 School with a pencil, punching another in the back and attempting to strangle another with a jump rope faces criminal charges.
The teen, who is not being identified by the St. Petersburg Times because he is a juvenile, was arrested and booked into the Hernando County Jail on Thursday afternoon. He was charged with battery, aggravated battery and assault.
The teen was no longer in jail as of Friday afternoon.
According to the arrest report, the boy approached a classmate from behind Wednesday during lunch break and placed a jump rope over the other boy's face "as if to strangle the victim." While doing this, the teen ordered his classmate to give him candy. The other boy managed to escape by grabbing the rope and pushing it away.
During interviews with other students, deputies learned the teen had stabbed a girl in the back with a pencil during language arts class Sept. 1 and about a week and a half later, punched a student in the back.
The student who was punched in the back also told authorities that the teen often pushed him in a bullying manner between classes, punched him in the stomach and shot small paper balls with rubber bands at him.
All the victims' parents told deputies that they wished to pursue charges.
In other law enforcement news:
Deputies arrested three teenagers early Friday morning and accused them of trying to rob a Spring Hill home.
Cory Gwyn, Quantai Mason and Gary Standifer knocked on the door of a home in the 4000 block of Augustine Road just after midnight, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. By this time, a neighbor had called authorities with a report of three men in black clothing getting out of a dark blue Toyota and approaching the home.
When a dog inside the home barked, the men ran away and tried to flee in the Toyota. A deputy pulled over the car only a few blocks away from the house.
Deputies found a handgun, bandannas, gloves and a pillowcase inside the car. The men admitted they planned to force their way into the home and rob the occupant of cash and other items.
Mason and Standifer told a Hernando detective that they targeted the home because they heard the victim kept a large amount of money in the house.
Mason, 17, of Brooksville and Standifer, 19, of Spring Hill were charged with attempted home invasion. As of Friday afternoon, they remained in custody at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Gwyn, 18, of Brooksville faces charges of attempted home invasion, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of cocaine and violation of probation. He remained behind bars at the county jail in lieu of $65,500 bail.
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