Union Middle student charged by police after violent assault

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UPDATE, 5:19 p.m.

A female juvenile student has been charged by police following a violent fight at a Wise County school Wednesday morning.

Col. Grant Kilgore tells News 5 an assault occurred at Union Middle School between two female juveniles and one female is now charged with one count of malicious bodily injury. The warrant has been served on the child, the officer noted.

The other female juvenile is being treated in a Knoxville, Tennessee hospital after receiving serious injuries in the assault. News 5's John Engel spoke with the victim's family and will have a report at 11 p.m.

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An investigation has been launched by the Wise County, Virginia Sheriff's Office after a middle school student was seriously injured during an altercation on campus, News 5 has confirmed.

Superintendent of Schools Greg Mullins said the incident occurred at Union Middle School in Big Stone Gap on Wednesday but because it involved juveniles the system is limited in what can be released.

"We are cooperating with the sheriff's departments investigation. We are handling the incident according to school policy. Safety of the children has always been our first priority," said the statement sent to News 5 by Mullins.

The family of one of the female students involved in the fight told News 5 the child was flown by medical helicopter to Knoxville where she underwent surgery Wednesday evening.

News 5's John Engel is in Big Stone Gap and will have a complete report this evening.

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