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Police probe how scholar from one Va. faculty obtained into one other earlier than stabbing

Fairfax County authorities try to find out exactly how a scholar from West Potomac Excessive Faculty entered close by Mount Vernon Excessive Faculty and allegedly stabbed one other scholar earlier this month, authorities stated.

The incident occurred on Nov. 2 in a rest room in Mount Vernon Excessive Faculty. Fairfax County Police stated {that a} 15-year outdated was stabbed following an altercation with one other scholar with whom he had had earlier encounters. The wounded scholar was taken to a close-by hospital for accidents not thought of life-threatening. Two juvenile suspects fled the varsity however have been shortly recognized and brought into custody by officers, authorities stated on the time.

At a public security assembly at Walt Whitman Center Faculty the next week, Fairfax County police stated that the coed believed to have carried out the stabbing attended West Potomac Excessive Faculty. The scholar was charged with trespassing and aiding within the wounding, police stated. His identify has not been launched.

Fairfax Police stated on Monday that detectives consider one other scholar not concerned with the incident let the suspect into the constructing.

Fairfax County Police Capt. Fred Chambers stated on the public security assembly that it’s potential the coed entered Mount Vernon Excessive Faculty as a result of college students at each colleges generally shuttle for various courses, however the matter was nonetheless being investigated.

“A number of the faculties within the county have completely different programs. Whether or not they have an academy or an auto mechanics class, so you might have college students that shuttle from every faculty, and that may very well be one of many causes,” Chambers stated. “That half I don’t know for certain, however that half remains to be being investigated.”

A Fairfax County colleges spokeswoman stated that as with different incidents, the district’s Workplace of Security and Safety “conducts further after motion critiques for the needs of studying and enchancment.”

Chambers stated that these concerned knew one another and had had earlier encounters.

“I don’t wish to use the phrase ‘relationship,’ however they’d earlier encounters with one another, so this was not a random act of somebody simply exhibiting up and doing one thing to a scholar,” Chambers stated.

Some mother and father had expressed frustration with preliminary communications concerning the stabbing.

Mike Wendy stated that after he seen emergency automobiles on the faculty, he tried texting his daughter, however she didn’t instantly reply. He stated he then checked his electronic mail and noticed an preliminary message from JoVon F. Rogers, Mount Vernon Excessive’s performing principal, which described an incident that occurred in a restroom.

“My daughter hadn’t responded but. It was probably okay, however I used to be slightly nervous,” Wendy stated. He stated his daughter ultimately responded to let him know every little thing was wonderful.

Wendy stated he later learn a information account by which police described a shelter-in-place order being put in force on the faculty, however his daughter didn’t hear any such instruction to take action. “There was actually a deficit of data,” Wendy stated.

Authorities stated college students weren’t truly requested to shelter in place, however the constructing was placed on a distinct standing of heightened alert.

Julie Moult, a spokeswoman for Fairfax County Public Faculties, stated officers carried out a “safe the constructing” mode that lasted “a lot of minutes solely, till police, safety, and faculty administration decided that the menace was now not within the constructing.”

A Fairfax County police spokesperson stated that an officer initially reported that there was a “shelter in place,” as a result of that and “safe the constructing” are generally used interchangeably.

However the spokesperson conceded that completely different verbiage might need been clearer.

Fairfax County Public Faculties use a “safe the constructing” process to stop unauthorized entry if a potential menace is found outdoors the constructing, based on data the district posts on-line. A “shelter in place” process is used to briefly separate folks from a hazardous outside environment.

Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis stated on the public security assembly that police attempt to launch details about public security incidents at colleges as quickly as they will.

“The sooner we will get that on the market, the higher, however we wish to get correct data on the market,” Davis stated. “If we get inaccurate data on the market and we’ve to stroll it again, that erodes belief locally for us.”

Hannah Natanson contributed to this report.

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