LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An officer with the Lufkin ISD Police Department arrested a 17-year-old student on Feb. 10 in connection to allegations that he pulled a knife during a fight with another student and threatened him with it.
The 17-year-old allegedly started the fight by making a racial comment to the other student in an LHS hallway.
Zachery Skates, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge on Feb. 10. He was released from the jail later that day after he posted a bail amount of $5,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim is 16, and he was standing in a Lufkin High School hallway known as Main Street and talking other students when Skates approached him and made both a threat and a racial comment.
"The victim followed the defendant out to the bus ramp and confronted him about the comment," the affidavit stated. "As is typical of the high school, a large crowd surrounded the two, expecting a fight."
At that point, Skates allegedly pulled a large, green knife from his pocket and pointed it at the victim. Bystanders then pulled the two students apart.
Skates claimed that he had brought the knife to school for protection and had been carrying it at LHS for four days, the affidavit stated. However, a witness told the Lufkin ISD PD officer that he had seen him with the knife at school two weeks before that.
According to the affidavit, school officials weren't notified about the prior incident until the fight on Feb. 10. In the prior incident, Skates allegedly got into an argument with the witness, and from across the room, he pulled the knife out and acted like he was sharpening it.
Skates did not tell his parents, school officials, or police about any situation where he felt threatened, the affidavit stated.
In addition, Skates "was definitely not avoiding when he started off the encounter with the racial comment," the affidavit stated.