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Principal replaced after scalpel attack at school


ROCKY MOUNT, NC (AP)-- A Nash County high school has a new principal after officials replaced the previous one following a scalpel attack at the school.

The Rocky Mount Telegram reports that Mark Cockrell has been named the new principal at Southern Nash High School. Cockrell replaces Connie Bobbitt, who had been principal since July 2010. She is expected to return to the system at the end of spring break, but her new assignment has not been determined.

Cockrell was principal at a middle school.

Superintendent Anthony Jackson says the change will help the school regroup.

A 16-year-old girl was treated for injuries March 20 after she was attacked by a 15-year-old student with a scalpel.

A week before the scalpel attack, deputies had gone to Southern Nash after a report of a fight. When deputies arrived at the school, they discovered a 17-year-old was trying to harm himself with a piece of glass.

Information from: Rocky Mount Telegram,

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