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High school student arrested for stabbing two other students

LIBERTY – Police in Liberty have charged a Liberty High School student on assault charges after she allegedly stabbed to fellow students with a folding pocketknife on Friday morning.

An altercation between two students just after 8 a.m. resulted in the arrest of Steffie Burger, 16, of Liberty on charges that she stabbed a male and female student in a hallway at the high school.

The male student sustained lacerations to his hand and the female victim sustained puncture wounds to her leg. The victims were transported to Catskill Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were not life threatening, police said.

Burger was charged with attempted assault and three counts of assault, all as felonies, and criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest as misdemeanors.  She is in the Sullivan County Jail without bail.

Liberty Town Supervisor Charles Barbuti the situation is disheartening.

“You don’t want the school to look like a prison camp with guards at the doors and bars in the windows, but it’s very difficult to maintain that balance between a free environment and educational environment and a safe environment. Someone has to figure out a way to do that,” Barbuti said.

In a letter to parents, School Superintendent Dr. William Silver said the district does “not tolerate violence, weapons or the threat of weapons in our schools and this incident was a clear violation of the district’s code of conduct.”

He said students who commit acts of physical violence, are in possession of a weapon, display what appears to be a weapon or threatens the use of one “will be subject to disciplinary action and immediate out-of-school suspension.”

Silver said while the incident is “… alarming, it is also an opportunity to remind parents, students and staff of the importance of maintaining a welcoming and secure learning environment.”

If a parent or child hears about a weapon brought to school or threats that an incident might occur, they are asked to report it immediately to the school.