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Published on: 01 Feb 2017 by rody
Who could ever think a ‘straight A’ student would be involved
in a case such as stabbing?
That was the case at Mountain
View high school in Orem early Tuesday morning. A ‘straight A’ student was said
to have pulled a knife with a blade of about three inches from his locker and
stabbed five other students who were in the locker room with him. After
stabbing these five students, giving them stab wounds mostly to the neck and
the upper torso, the teachers were said to have stopped him from stabbing other
students after which he stabbed himself on the neck. The resource officer
arrived minutes later after which he jolted him with a Taser.
The suspect was a new sophomore student with excellent
grades who had been homeschooled prior to this school year. He had no prior
disciplinary issues and there were no indications that he was having problems
or being bullied, spokeswoman Kimberly Bird said.
The students were asked about their feelings seeing other
students stabbed; most of them still had fear written on their faces. ‘We
thought it was just a prank by the boys again when we saw one running with
blood on his body. We did not believe him until we saw someone lying on the
floor’, one of the students said. Parents were reported to have appeared in the
school to pick their kids while others left their kids to finish the school
hours. The school was placed under
lockdown for 90 minutes before the school activities returned to normal.
The teenager’s parent also released a statement to give
their sincere apologies to address the situation. They expressed their
condolences to the five boys who were harmed as well as their families. They
clearly stated that none of the victims had done anything to him to hurt him
and that it was not racially or ethnically motivated.
Kimberly Bird said ‘we understand that the lives of the
students here are important and we do not allow weapons here. We do not want
the kids to feel like they are in a prison with a metal detector. Orem police
chief Gary Giles said “there are lots of different things we need to look for
at a motive. Was it a fight, is it somebody upset with somebody, is there more
to it? And I don’t know the answer to that”
All five victims and suspect were transported to area
hospital with different degree of severity although none of the injuries is
life threatening. Investigations are still going on as the students are being
questioned. The alleged assailant has been released from
hospital, arrested and sent to Slate Canyon Detention Center.