A student has been killed and two injured in a stabbing at a North Carolina high school

A student has been killed and two injured in a stabbing at a North Carolina high school

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Jacksonville police say a student resource officer at Northside High School called for help around 7 a.m. after a physical altercation between students broke out in one of the common areas of school.

Two students were stabbed and taken to a local hospital for emergency treatment, where one died from his injuries. Both students were minors and their identities will not be revealed.

“The school resource officer who was on campus responded quickly to the scene with the first ORS arriving within 20 seconds and he was able to arrest someone,” Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero said. , during a press conference.

A teacher was reportedly injured in the incident, but not from being stabbed, and received medical treatment at the scene, according to Yaniero. He did not reveal the nature of the teacher’s injuries, but said no one else was injured.

The chief also did not reveal the weapon used, saying only that it was a stab wound. There is still an active scene at the school and the investigation is ongoing, Yaniero said, adding that charges are forthcoming.

“I have spoken with Jacksonville Police Chief Yaniero and have offered state assistance in addition to the SBI to help deal with the aftermath of this tragedy,” the Carolina Governor said. North, Roy Cooper, on Facebook. “Our prayers are with all students, educators, families and the community.”
The incident happened just four days after the students returned to school for the new school year. Northside High School, located in Onslow County, has about 952 students enrolled, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Students at Northside High School will have a virtual day on Friday and return to in-person classes on Tuesday, Onslow County Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins said at the press conference.

“Most schools need to get tougher, it’s life or death”

Melissa Brison Mack, who has three children who attend high school just a mile from their home, said the incident left her “freaked out”.

Her children, who are in grades 9, 10 and 11, had just arrived at school 15 minutes before class started when the incident happened.

“They were arriving when the chaos happened and luckily they didn’t witness what happened,” Mack told CNN. “My eldest squatted in a friend’s car in the school parking lot and my two youngest waited in the parking lot until they were told to go to the cafeteria for the lockdown.”

The mother-of-six said she knew something serious had happened when the school called parents asking them not to bring their children to school if they hadn’t yet do.

“I’m so happy they’re safe, but I don’t even know how to tell them to protect themselves at school,” Mack said. “I was having a conversation with my eldest going to dance class earlier this week about what she would do if there was a shooter and she had a good plan. But then it arrives and you realize the school just isn’t a safe place to be if someone can pull a knife on them.”

Superintendent Collins spoke at the press conference about safety measures the school district has implemented to protect students and staff, including increasing the presence of student resource officers.

“We have invested a lot of resources in the safety and security of our school district over the past year, with the addition of several SROs,” Collins said. “We have taken other measures, in terms of scanning door locks, cameras and bells, but there are probably other things that we will have to look at and those are the types of things that we are going to look at in the coming days and weeks.”

However, Mack says that’s not enough and urges the school to implement better policies to keep their children safe, such as a clear book bag policy or metal detectors at the entrance gates. from school.

“Most schools need to get tougher, it’s life or death,” Mack said. “To the parents this happened to, I’m so sorry they didn’t have the opportunity I had to pick up their child today.”

CNN’s Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.

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