Kimanie King, Senior at Piper High Who Stabbed Teen Multiple Times, Is Honor Roll Student, Attorney Says
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Kimanie King, the 18-year-old senior at Piper High School who was arrested for stabbing another student on Thursday, appeared at his first court hearing Friday morning.
King is facing attempted murder and possession of a weapon on school grounds charges.
During the hearing, William Barry Paul, King's attorney, said that his client is an honor roll student and a soccer player at the school.
"He's an honor student at Piper who's never been in trouble a day in his life," Paul said per the Sun-Sentinel. "Even the school's response to this was shock that he would be in any way involved in anything like this."
Paul says that the fight that broke out between the two boys, and led to the stabbing, was more of a self-defense issue for King, than attempted murder.
According to a City of Sunrise Police arrest report, King got into a verbal altercation inside the school gym with the victim, 16-year-old sophomore Urique Wilson. The two got into a heated argument about a basketball game.
King became enraged during the altercation, and left the gym to retrieve a five-inch folding pocket knife. He then returned a short time later with the knife and stabbed Wilson multiple times, including in the upper chest area.
Wilson was taken to Broward Health Medical Center with with non-life threatening wounds.
The stabbing, which occurred at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, prompted a school lock down for the 2,611 enrolled students, as a precaution. The lock down was lifted about two hours later.
King was detained and arrested immediately.
Unfortunately for Piper, this was the second time in a week there has been an altercation at the school.
On April 10, two teen boys got into a fistfight in the school cafeteria as other students looked on. One of the boys was taken to the hospital after suffering a head injury. Police said they found a pool of blood on the cafeteria floor.
During a meeting with the press following Thursday's altercation, Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie called Piper High "a good school," and insisted that there is no pattern of violence at the school, and that parents should not "draw any long-term conclusions about Piper High School."
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As for King, the judge ordered him to be held on a $36,500 bond.
He is also prohibited from going back to Piper High, and was ordered to stay away from Wilson.
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