DOUGLASS, TX (KTRE) - A high school senior says he doesn't want to press charges against the classmate he says stabbed him on a school bus.
This doesn't mean the Douglass 18-year-old suspected of pulling the knife isn't facing some serious consequences.
It was the end of what could have been a good day for two Douglass high school seniors, following a career fair field trip.
A stop at McDonald's something got out of hand on the bus ride home.
"We were just joking around and I said something to him that I guess he didn't like," said stabbing victim Dustin Honea.
Honea wouldn't repeat what he said.
"Uhmm. Don't know I can do that because of the language," he said.
Whatever was said led to serious consequences.
"He pulled a knife out and cut me a few times. I don't know if he even knew he stabbed me, but I told him you stabbed me. I looked at my leg and I had a big cut about an inch wide and two inches long," said Honea.
The injury required five staples, but Honea doesn't want to file charges.
"I didn't want to see him in jail," he said.
They're high school students, but under the law they're adults.
Law enforcement has some questions.
"One of the claims by the suspect is that there has been an ongoing problem of being picked on by this other student and maybe other students as well. But it still doesn't excuse the fact that a weapon was brought on to a school campus and was used in a hostile manner," said Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss.
The alleged behavior of both boys isn't what Douglass High School teaches its students.
"It's a very unfortunate situation for both families and for our school. And with 17 kids in our class they grown up together, they know each other," said Superintendent Eric Samford.
Honea says his classmate was sent to alternative school, while he's suspended.
Tonight his biggest concern is being prohibited from playing in his school's basketball finals.
"Hope we win tonight so I get to play our next game, hopefully," said Honea.
Samford is having faculty and staff reassure parents that safety is top priority.
Seniors are being reminded not to bring weapons on campus, including knives.
So far no charges or arrests have been made in the case.