A 16-year-old girl accused of assaulting a fellow student at Lincoln Pius X High School says she was bullied. Sarah Piccolo is in custody in Kansas and doesn't plan to fight being turned over to authorities back in Nebraska.
Piccolo is accused of attacking 17-year-old Ellen Kopetzky with a knife and a hammer in a restroom at the school. She was picked up in Kansas, 250 miles from home.
Piccolo's car broke down in Yates Center, Kansas and she sought shelter at a motel there where she opened up to a clerk who wished to be identified only as "Jackie."
Jackie said Piccolo recounted her trek to Kansas, "then the car wouldn't start and I said baby this means God is telling you you've got to do something. And she goes, 'will you call the police for me?' I told her I would and that's when she said she'd been bullied and she did some things she wished she'd never done and all she could do is cry. And then that made me cry.
"I said, do you have any weapons? She goes, 'yeah, I have a knife in my purse.' I said, well, you need to give that to 'em. And then they started to search her car and they found other weapons."
Jackie says police found a large butcher knike in the teen's car, along with a screwdriver. Piccolo had a folding, hunting knife in her purse.
Jackie said, "I really believe the way she was talking to me she'd been bullied really bad and I just hope they get her some help and not treat her like an adult, 'cause she's not."
Classmates are praying for both girls. School officials say the two teens did not know each other.
Pius Senior Devin Aylor said, "Ellen is really, she is probably one of the nicest people I've ever met. She would never hurt anybody and if someone can handle this it's Ellen."
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Department says Piccolo will be returning to Lincoln later this week. She'll be placed in Lincoln's Youth Detention Center.