One student is dead and another hospitalized following a stabbing at a North Carolina high school on Monday.
The altercation took place in the school gymnasium and the school was placed on lockdown, a message to families from Principal George Harden said.
A 15-year-old and 16-year-old were taken to a local hospital where the former died. The other is still hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
14-year-old facing charges, stabbing caught on camera
A 14-year-old suspect was taken into custody and charged with murder on a juvenile petition, police said.
WTVD reported that cellphone footage of the fight prior to the stabbing circulated on social media. Students who witnesses the incident said it was traumatizing.
“There were a lot of people around him, and they were very concerned about him and it was very scary,” Daniela Fortin, a student told WTVD about the student who later died.
“A very traumatic experience,” Fortin said. “There were videos of what happened … I don’t know how to explain it, but it was so sad seeing all of the videos.”
Investigation into stabbing continues
Police have not released any information on the identities of any of the minors involved. Police are working with Wake County Public School officials to investigate this incident.
The high school will be closed on Tuesday Nov. 28th.
“Our hearts go out to the victim’s loved ones. Please keep them and all of those that have been impacted by this loss in your thoughts. While student privacy laws prevent me from sharing specific information about the victim, please know that the student who passed away was a valued member of our school community, and we grieve this loss alongside his loved ones,” Principal Harden said in his message.
Source : USA Today