One female student has died and another injured following a stabbing incident Tuesday afternoon at an Abbotsford school.
Police were called at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday with reports of an assault in progress at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.
Chief Cst. Bob Rich with Abbotsford Police said by the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by school staff, and students and staff were administering first aid to two victims with stab wounds.
The identity of the two victims has not been released as authorities work to notify extended family. Police confirm they were in either grade 11 or 12 at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.
The second victim remains in hospital in stable condition.
Police describe the suspect in custody as a “young man.” They believe he is not a student at either school and possibly has no connection to either victim.
Parents and students outside Abbotsford Senior Secondary and Abbotsford Middle School were stunned after both schools were placed in lockdown Tuesday afternoon.
“We heard there was a stabbing in the school, then we heard there was a stabbing behind the ravine and they locked the school down,” said Jody, who is a parent trying to reach her son at Abbotsford Secondary.
“We heard they caught the person but we have no answers.”
Both schools will be closed on Wednesday but counselors will be made available beginning at 9 a.m. to students, staff and families in the St. Mary’s Church gym across the street.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has now taken over the investigation and will handle further updates about the incident.
A video of the incident surfaced online shortly after news broke. The cellphone-footage shows a male struggling with one of the victims on the ground, where he appears to stab her and throw the knife on the floor. Screams could be heard in the background throughout.
With files from Paula Baker and Jill Slattery, Global News.