A Virginia 7th grader was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after being stabbed by another student in a locker room at a Henrico County middle school.
The Henrico Police Department said a school resource officer was alerted to the Brookland Middle School stabbing shortly before noon.
While the victim was rushed to the hospital, the suspect, another 7th grader, was taken into custody, WHSV reported.
School officials sent an email to parents saying the school had been put on a “lock and teach” after the incident, but that didn’t stop frightened parents from racing to the school to pick up children who texted them from inside the building.
“He sent me an email saying, ‘come get me! Come get me! Come get me!’” parent Frank Lester said. “I jumped in my car and flew and got over here because I wanted to find out he was okay. Luckily he’s okay, so I can breathe now.”
Lester’s son, Jayden Waller, told WHSV students in his class learned about the stabbing online.
“They just said we were on lockdown, and everyone had their computer out and saw everything saying that there was a stabbing on the news. We found out from the news,” Waller said.
Henrico Schools Superintendent Amy Cashwell acknowledged the seriousness of the situation.
“While this was a very contained incident involving two students, we know whether students bore witness to the incident or were just here learning today, it is very upsetting,” she said.
School officials said counselors and mental health resources will be on-site at Brookland Middle School on Wednesday to help these students cope with what happened.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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[Featured image: Brookland Middle School/Google Maps]