On Monday, a brawl at a Raleigh, North Carolina, high school ended with a 15-year-old student dead, after being stabbed multiple times, and a 16-year-old student injured.
Following Monday’s incident at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, a 14-year-old was charged with murder in connection with the stabbing, WRAL reported. Neither suspect nor victims were identified by police.
At around 11 a.m. on Monday, police were called to the school after a school resource officer said a stabbing had taken place.
In footage from the incident, a woman’s voice can be heard saying over law enforcement radio, “He’s losing consciousness right now. We’re in the main gym.”
A male’s voice can then be heard saying, “Can you make sure the administrators put the school on lockdown?”
Cherelle McLaughlin, who said her son was involved in the stabbing, claimed he acted in self-defense.
“I don’t believe he took the knife into school,” McLaughlin said. “I believe he got the knife from somebody in the school because he did not go to school with a knife. I dropped him off at school. He did not go to school with it.”
“The whole situation is terrible,” she said, according to the New York Post. “I feel bad for the other family, but in return, I feel bad for my son because he was fighting for his life. It wasn’t a fair fight. I just don’t think it should have happened like that.”
After the lockdown on the school was lifted and students were sent home for the day, Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson and Wake County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor provided an update.
Patterson said responding officers quickly secured the scene and rendered first aid before the two victims were transported to area hospitals but confirmed that “Sadly, one victim succumbed to his injuries.”
She confirmed that detectives are working to identify everyone involved in the altercation, saying that it’s an ongoing investigation.
“This is a very unfortunate incident,” she said. “One that is very disturbing to us.”
Taylor said during the press conference that nothing is more important to him than the safety and well being of students and that he and the school administration is working with local and state law enforcement to conduct an investigation.
“We will continue to find ways to strengthen to safety and security of our schools,” Taylor said. “This is a tragedy for everyone involved.”
“We don’t use metal detectors,” Taylor said, in response to many parents who questioned how a weapon got onto campus in the first place. “But we do have processes and protocols, where if there’s a reasonable suspicion a student has a weapon, we will search that student. That’s the extent of what we do at this point.”
“In the aftermath of today’s tragedy we will review all of our safety processes and protocols to determine what happened, what changes need to be made,” he said. “Following that review I will work with our board to pursue any additional improvement options that may prevent such actions of violence in the future.”
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