One of the teenagers in this afternoon’s stabbing incident at a high school in Abbotsford has succumbed to her injuries, Abbotsford Police has confirmed. Another teenager is in hospital and in stable condition.
According to a release, just after 2 pm today police responded to a report of an assault at Abbotsford Senior Secondary. Paramedics and fire rescue were also deployed to the school.
When first responders arrived at the scene, they found two female students with apparent stab wounds. Both individuals were rushed to hospital for treatment by air ambulance, and family members of the victims were contacted by the school administration. Police located and arrested a male suspect.
As a precautionary measure, both Abbotsford Senior Secondary School and Abbotsford Middle School were locked down until police were able to secure the buildings. The arts centre on the high school campus was turned into a staging area for concerned parents and guardians arriving at the school seeking their children.
Both schools will be closed tomorrow, until further notice, and school counsellors will be made available to anyone in the gym at St. Mary’s Church across the street beginning at 9 am tomorrow.
“On behalf of the Board of Education and the Abbotsford School District, we are heart broken by the incident at Abbotsford Senior Secondary school today,” reads a statement by the Abbotsford School District. “We are a very caring community and when one of us hurts, we all do.”
“We are cooperating with the Abbotsford Police Department on this active investigation and will be providing updates as they become available.”
Abbotsford Police say the investigation is now being handled by Metro Vancouver’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT). Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to contact IHIT at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous hotline at 1-800-222-8477.
— S/Sgt Rick Stewart (@RickStewartAPD) November 2, 2016