RALEIGH, NC – A violent incident at a North Carolina high school resulted in the death of one student and the hospitalization of another student, according to authorities. The confrontation, which led to a stabbing, happened in the gymnasium of Southeast Raleigh High School on Monday morning. The shocking event was captured on video.
Amid the chaos, police took a 14-year-old suspect into custody. Details about whether the individual is a student at the school remain unclear, noted Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson. The names of the victims have not been made public thus far. The 15-year-old student who was stabbed sadly died as a result of the injuries they sustained. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old is receiving hospital treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, updated Patterson.
Wake County Superintendent, Robert Taylor, voiced his concerns at a subsequent press conference with Patterson. He assured that a thorough evaluation of all safety protocols and procedures would be carried out in light of the tragic event.
Aniyah Bellamy, an 11th grader at the high school, expressed her fears after the tragic incident, saying it left her noticeably shaken as she left the school premises. “My heart broke, it was very devastating to hear because hearing that that happened in school of all places where children are supposed to be safe, that was just not, it was just very devastating,” she conveyed.
Although the school would remain closed on Tuesday, students like Bellamy remain apprehensive about the subsequent days. She is concerned that “if that happened to them, that could happen to anybody.”
An ongoing collaboration between detectives from the Raleigh Police Department and officials from the Wake County Public School system aims to shed more light on the circumstances surrounding the stabbing. According to a Raleigh police press release, the community continues to face sorrow and healing after the traumatic incident.