JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Wolfson High School freshman accused of stabbing a classmate Wednesday says he acted in self-defense.
Marckenson Jean-Pierre, 17, says if he had the chance, he wouldn't do it again. When Action News spoke with him Sunday, his eye was still swollen from the fight on Wednesday. He says he pulled out his pocketknife and used it after he was attacked in a school hallway. Jean-Pierre says the student sent him threatening text messages the day before.
Jean-Pierre says the other teen punched him repeatedly in the face, and felt he had no other choice but to use his pocket knife.
"It was a little scary and terrifying because you don't know what's going to happen," Marckenson said.
Both Marckenson and the other student are facing consequences. The teen who was stabbed is suspended from school for 10 days, and will have to go to a different school. Jean-Pierre will now have to go to an alternative school and could also be expelled. His father, Marc Jean-Pierre, says that punishment would be too harsh. "It doesn't make no sense," the father said. "It's not fair. I need justice for my son."
But father and son say bringing a pocket knife to school is not the answer.
"If you're getting bullied, tell your parents, tell the school, don't handle it the way I did, because that's not the way to handle things," Marckenson said. "There are better things you can do in the situation."
Marckenson Jean-Pierre was released from juvenile detention on Saturday. He faces a criminal charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.