Judge: Teen in school attack needs competency evaluation

Published On: Sep 04 2014 02:03:14 PM EDT

Rheanna Hodges appears at a bond hearing at the Baker County Courthouse.


A Baker County judge has ordered a competency evaluation for a 17-year-old accused of putting a knife to the throat of another girl in the cafeteria of Baker County High School in May.

Rheanna Hodges is charged as an adult with aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon and simple assault.

She's still being held on $300,000 bond. Her next court date is Sept. 23.

Deputies said Hodges had written a suicide note the morning of May 13 before getting on the school bus carrying several knives (pictured below). Deputies said she began waving a knife around in the school's cafeteria about 7:15 a.m., then put it to the throat of another 17-year-old girl.

The victim told deputies Hodges grabbed her by the hair, pulled her head back and started screaming at people to be quiet. She said when she looked down, "There was a knife near my neck and I felt it."

Hodges told officials she’d been bullied at school and planned to hold the other girl at knife point, force the school resource officer to hand over his gun and then she would kill the girl and herself.

Before teachers could respond to the attack, another student managed to get the knife away from Hodges.

Deputies said Hodges has gone through a psychological evaluation since the attack.


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