The Seminole High School student told investigators that she removed earbuds from her ears when she arrived at the bus stop and noticed a man near her, Cannaday said.
Deputies said the two got into an altercation and the girl received superficial wounds on her arm and a cut on her abdomen.
The girl ran home, where a sibling called 911. She was taken to a hospital as a precaution, investigators said.
"She was actually quite amazing in this situation," Cannaday said. "The fact that she had the wherewithal to fight her way through it and flee is probably what credits her for not being injured more seriously."
Cannaday said investigators are still trying to determine what the girl was slashed with, saying that it was possibly a knife.
Seminole County Public Schools spokesman Michael Lawrence said the student attends a magnet program in the district.
"We ask that all our Casselberry families that have students (who) ride the bus, walk or bike to school to be extra vigilant this morning," Lawrence said.
Sterling Park Elementary School was placed under lockdown while deputies searched the area with K-9 units. The Sheriff's Office has increased patrols of the area.
The attacker, who remains at large, is described as tall and possibly black or Hispanic, deputies said.
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
Landscaping and Outdoors
Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair.
Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet.