Police: Student, 14, stabbed another student at Berks Co. middle school
A 14-year-old student stabbed in the torso and arm Tuesday morning near a middle school in Berks County is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
The Township of Spring Police Department said the stabbing occurred around 8:30 a.m. on the roof of a building not far from Wilson Southern Middle School. The suspect, a 14-year-old student has since been charged with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related charges.
The victim was discovered in a classroom on the second floor of the school. The student identified the suspect, also a 14-year-old student, by name and school officials provided officers with a photo.
The school was on lock down for about 30 minutes while the police searched the school and the surrounding area. The suspect about two blocks away from the school at 8:55 a.m.
Police recovered the weapon, a pocket knife, that was allegedly used to stab the victim several times.
Police do not believe this was a random act of violence and believe the student specifically targeted the victim. Charges are expected to be file in the near future.
Parents were notified of the incident with an automated phone system. A statement was also posted on the school's website Tuesday morning.
"Please be assured that the situation is under control and all students are safe and secure in their buildings. The area surrounding the school building has been swept by police and they are confident that this is an isolated incident," the school wrote on their website.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:03:38 GMT
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