5 Utah High-School Students Stabbed in Boys' Locker Room

A 16-year-old student is in custody
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 15, 2016 6:15 PM CST

(Newser) – As a group of boys at a Utah high school changed into gym clothes for physical education class Tuesday morning, a straight-A student pulled out a knife in the locker room and stabbed five of his classmates, sending the injured running for their lives and covered in blood, police said. The 16-year-old suspect with no record of disciplinary trouble also stabbed himself in the neck and was cornered by school workers until a police officer assigned to Mountain View High School got to the locker room and subdued him with a Taser shot, the AP reports. Four of the injured students were still hospitalized Tuesday afternoon in conditions ranging from fair to critical after suffering neck and torso injuries, said Orem police Lt. Craig Martinez.

School district spokesperson Kimberly Bird said the suspect was a new sophomore student who was previously homeschooled. There were no indications he was having problems or being bullied, she said. Investigators are talking to students who witnessed the attack and who knew the suspect as they try to determine a motive, said police chief Gary Giles. In the mayhem immediately after the attack, junior Karen Martinez said she saw three victims run from the locker room toward the school's central office, one suffering from a head wound and another with a neck injury. One had blood running down the back of his shirt, she said. "It was awful," said Martinez. "It was so terrifying." (Read more knife attack stories.)

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