One student was killed and two other people were injured following a stabbing attack at a high school in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Thursday, law enforcement officials said.
During a press conference Thursday morning, Jacksonville’s chief of police and public safety director, Mike Yaniero, said that at around 7 a.m. a school resource officer at Northside High School called police for assistance following a report of a “physical altercation between students on campus that resulted in the stabbing of two victims.” The attack occurred in one of the school’s common areas.
Yaniero said that a school resource officer was able to respond to the incident within 20 seconds and take an individual into custody. The two stabbing victims, both minors, were taken to a hospital and provided with emergency care. However, one of the victims succumbed to their injuries, Yaniero said.
Yaniero added that he believes a teacher was injured during the incident but wasn’t stabbed.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this tragedy. This is an active and ongoing investigation, we expect to release more information as it becomes available,” the police chief said.
Barry Collins, the superintendent of the Onslow County Schools, said that the high school went into a lockdown following the incident and that students were released from the school at around 9 a.m.
“I do believe that our staff has worked with them to come out of that lockdown because there is no imminent danger at this point,” Collins said.
The superintendent noted that the school will resume in-person instruction on Tuesday, and conduct virtual instruction on Friday.
Newsweek has reached out to the Jacksonville Police Department for additional information.
In a separate incident last week, officials in Greenwood, Indiana, said that a student was shot and killed at a bus stop. The shooting prompted several schools in the area to go into lockdown on Thursday morning. The Greenwood Police Department called the shooting an “isolated incident” and believed that “the victim was specifically targeted.”
During an incident in Mount Vernon, New York, in April, a fatal stabbing at a basketball parade led to the arrest of a 15-year-old student. Two teenage girls were stabbed at the time, with one succumbing to her injuries.
Last month, a 15-year-old student was arrested in Germany after she set off an anti-attack spray in a museum during a school trip. After the release of the spray, 27 people had to be taken to the hospital and 30 had to receive treatment at the building.
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