HONOLULU (KHON2) — Fear and disbelief for parents at Mililani High School as they scrambled to pick up their kids, after two students were stabbed by another student.
The suspect has been arrested and the two victims were rushed to the hospital in serious condition.
Students say the victims and the suspect all knew each other. They hang out with each other all the time. And the stabbing happened outside the classrooms during recess.
Police sources and students say the victims, a boy and a girl, are both 16 years old. And the male suspect wanted to have a relationship with the girl, so they had an argument.
“A kid stabbed this girl because she rejected him,” said student Trey Purcell.
“I was just totally in shock and I just couldn’t believe it and I was so concerned about my daughter Kobe. I wanted to find out if she was okay,” said parent Marites Barsatan-Guerrero.
The school was on lockdown for about an hour and a half. Students say it wasn’t clear if the suspect was still on the loose at the time.
“Traumatized, everybody was tripping out,” said Purcell.
“What about you, when you found out, what did you think?” KHON2 asked.
“Tripping out, I didn’t know what to do,” he said.
Parents were also worried sick wondering if their kids are okay. Some told us it took an excruciatingly long time to get information from the school.
“It took a while cause I heard they were on lockdown, so it was nerve-wracking as a parent to hear something like that happening here,” said Barsatan-Guerrero.
The schools superintendent, Dr. Christina Kishimoto, sent a statement saying, “Our priority is to support the students and families of those impacted by today’s incident. We are committed to ensuring that our schools continue to be safe spaces for learning.”
Later in the day, the principal, Fred Murphy, sent an email to parents saying, “HPD and security personnel from neighboring schools… will be on campus tomorrow (Tuesday), as well as additional counselors to support students, staff and their families.”
Parents are also asked to monitor their children’s mood and behavior over the next few weeks, and contact the school if they have any concerns.
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