Feb 12, 2018, 2:31 PM ET

Female high school student disarms male student with a knife


A female high school senior disarmed a male student who came at her with a knife, according to ABC affiliate RTV6 in Indianapolis.

The girl was in the bathroom of her high school in Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon when the male student came in with a knife and tried to attack her, according to RTV6 and Carmel police.

The female student, who has a black belt in taekwondo, was able to defend herself against the attempted attack and take away the boy's knife, RTV6 reported.

“I’m no hero. I just resorted to what I learned,” the female student told RTV6.

Neither student's identity has been released.

PHOTO: Carmel High School in Indiana posted this picture of the exterior of the school on the schools Instagram account.@carmelhslibrary/Instagram
Carmel High School in Indiana posted this picture of the exterior of the school on the schools Instagram account.

The male suspect was taken to the county juvenile detention center, and is facing multiple charges including four felonies, according to the police press release.

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  • carrollfamily

    Awesome job! I bet her parents are so proud of her.

  • NoCandy4U

    I hope the assailant received a sound beating, and maybe a little "toilet action," before being reported to the authorities.

  • Siestasis42

    Good for her.

  • MWP

    Proof that training beats strength.

  • ToothyGrinn

    Guess he should have worn a box

  • USAF Retired

    You go girl.

  • Verity Pendelton

    I know that I will get hit for this, but I believe that we should be teaching these types of sports in schools instead of football and basketball, etc. Schools should spend money on things like Yoga, self defense, martial arts, and should be required part of the physical education program.

  • Verity Pendelton

    Fantastic! Girl Power!

  • Realpshep

    He ran up on the wrong one. Good for her.

  • Sj Watson

    You go girl!

  • LisaInPasadena

    Well done by the young lady. She did not allow panic, if she had any, to prevent her from acting effectively. And well done to her martial arts teacher(s) as well.

  • James Smith

    Sounds like the guy really wasn't serious about using the knife except as a means of intimation.
    In this case I'm glad it worked out well for her.

  • Don'tBotherMe

    Good job! I'll bet he didn't see that coming.

  • Yshaggy shag

    He must have been an Urkel, or even less

  • mik8888

    Definitely an uplifting story, congratulations to the young lady...

  • elsie_eye

    Good for her. I have 2 black belt daughters and both have had instances when they were in middle and high school when they had to defend themselves. (Thank God not against a knife!) But - guess what - your kid does not get suspended when a teacher sees them block...even if it's a block/strike. :D

  • tatertaut

    Good for this young lady! Learning self-defense is a very good thing. I'm so glad she was able to disarm him. I hope she got in a few good kicks and throws.

  • PER

    Wait, so defending yourself instead of crumpling into a whimpering fetal ball ACTUALLY WORKS? And the media reported it??? There's got to be a catch here somewhere.

  • Juggles

    Good for her! Her parents must be so proud of her and so happy that she thwarted her attacker.

  • Brian 9876

    When I talk to my daughters about empowerment, this is the type of example I use.

  • Sal Monela

    The headline is a bit confusing as to who had the knife?

  • yetanother1

    Shame on her. She should have submitted like the bible states and waited for a man to rescue her. She behaved just like a feminazi... so unladylike. /sarc

  • Lilium Inter Spinas

    This is why I spent so much money and so many nagging hours dragging my kids to the dojo. Glad to see an example of such vigilance coming in handy.

  • document finesse

    Way to go, young woman! Parents, get your kids into a martial art while they're young.

  • Lee Thompson

    I believe every young person should get some training in self defense, whether male or female. This young woman did a great job defending herself . . . and no gun needed on her part.

  • The Thinker

    Future husband, take notice. Don't try to use your hands the wrong way.

  • Prophet With Honor

    Good for her, I hope that my granddaughter never has to use her skills in such a situation.

  • Hank R

    Well done!