Four students were stabbed in Houston, Texas. Three students were injured and one was killed in the brutal attack. The Spring High School stabbing is being investigated as “gang-related.”
The school was locked down immediately following the early morning stabbing. Authorities report that the incident occurred at around 7 am in the school cafeteria.
As reported by USA Today, the teens were involved in a physical confrontation. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia explains that the four students were stabbed with a “cutting instrument.”
In addition to the student who was killed, two others received minor injuries.
The fourth teen was critically injured. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he underwent surgery for his injuries. The teen remains in critical condition.
Three suspects are currently in custody for stabbing the students. Houston police have not released their names or ages. Witnesses report that two of the suspects were escorted from the school in handcuffs.
Parents were informed about the incident via e-mail and automated phone calls. The memo explained that the school would remain on lockdown pending investigation of the stabbing.
Authorities have said the student stabbing in Houston was likely gang related. However, not everyone agrees.
The student who died was a 16-year-old boy. His father states that his son “was just trying to come to school.” His aunt agrees, asserting that the stabbing “was random.”
Spring School District superintendent Ralph Draper commended the authorities’ fast response. He says the police arrived on scene within one minute of receiving the call.
As reported by NBC News, all buildings in the Spring School District will have additional security in the following weeks. Grief counselors will be available to help students and faculty cope with the tragedy.
This is the second incident this year where students were stabbed in Houston. The Lone Star College Cypress campus was the site of a stabbing incident in April.
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