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Student who helped stabbing victim at Piper High School speaks out

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18-year-old Jesse Barrows 18-year-old Jesse Barrows
Piper High School sophomore Urique Wilson Piper High School sophomore Urique Wilson
Kimanie King (third from left) bonds out of jail. Kimanie King (third from left) bonds out of jail.
Piper High School in Sunrise Piper High School in Sunrise

SUNRISE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida student who helped save a classmate after he was stabbed by another student on a basketball court is telling his side of the story.

Eighteen-year-old Jesse Barrows, a senior at Piper High School in Sunrise, said he did what he thought was the right thing to do, Thursday, at his school's gymnasium. "I asked him if he's OK, [and he said], 'Yeah,' and then he told me, 'Thank you' for what I did," he said.

Police said 16-year-old sophomore Urique Wilson was stabbed in the back and chest with a two-and-a-half-inch blade after a basketball game, allegedly by Kimanie King, an 18-year-old senior. "He was fighting at first and then he was on the floor, and he got back up and took something out of his pocket and stabbed him with it," said Romario Taffe, a student who witnessed the incident.

Barrows said he then sprang into action to help his classmate. "He was sitting down right next to the front entrance of the gym, grabbing on to his chest because he was in a lot of pain," he said. "His shirt was ripped from the knife stab, and then there was blood. His whole shirt was drenched in blood."

Barrows said he attempted to stop the bleeding to the best of his ability. "I ... started talking to him to make sure he was OK, and like, a couple of seconds after, I just grabbed the gauze pad and started applying pressure to the chest wound," he said.

Wilson was transported to Broward Health Medical Center, where he spent Thursday night recovering from his injuries. When a reporter asked him how he was feeling shortly after being released Friday afternoon, he simply replied, "Better."

The victim's father, Joseph Watson, said the stabbing should have never taken place. "I mean, come on, you're playing basketball, you still get no excuse for him to stab my son, almost kill my son," he said. "My son could have lost his life. [The knife] was less than a centimeter from his heart."

Barrows' mother said her son showed grace under pressure while helping someone in need. "I'm so proud of my son," said Kathy Barrows.

During King's bond hearing Friday, William Paul, the 18-year-old's attorney, requested that his charges be lowered from attempted murder to aggravated battery, saying his client is an honor student who has never been in trouble before.

King bonded out of Broward County Jail Friday evening. He was ordered to wear an ankle monitoring device and to stay away from Piper High School until further notice.

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