One dead, more hurt in Texas school stabbing

Houston-area high school placed on lockdown after a series of stabbings Wednesday that left one teenager dead.
Associated Press
Sep 5, 2013

A fight inside a Houston-area high school escalated into a series of stabbings Wednesday that left a 17-year-old student dead and three others wounded, sheriff's officials said.

The stabbings happened during a fight between several students in a school corridor. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said 17-year-old student Luis Alonzo Alfaro pulled a knife during the fight and fatally stabbed one student and wounded three others.

Alfaro admitted to the stabbing under questioning by sheriff's homicide detectives and was charged with murder, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement released Wednesday evening.

Sheriff's spokesman Alan Bernstein referred queries about whether Alfaro had an attorney to the district clerk's website, which had not been updated as of Wednesday night. Alfaro also was not yet listed in the jail's booking system.

Authorities provided few details on what may have led to the fight, and no other information was available on the teenager who was killed.

"We believe a confrontation of some sort occurred ... that ultimately led into a physical confrontation that produced weapons," Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. "There has been some information that this may have been gang related."

School district officials canceled classes at the high school for the rest of the week.

Some parents said the fight was the continuation of a disturbance that broke out Tuesday. Officials at the school, which has about 3,500 students, would not confirm their comments.

"Every parent sends their child to school believing school should be one of those safe haven places," Spring Independent School District Superintendent Ralph Draper said. "This is what we spend our nights and days working toward and what I lose sleep over.

"In my nearly 30-year career, this is the one thing you pray never to experience."

Parent Tara Campbell said she received text messages from her daughter about the fight and that her daughter said students who witnessed the episode snapped cellphone photos of the victims as they lay on the ground.

Campbell said she intended to have her daughter home-schooled, saying she's grown tired of fights at the school.

"Last year there were gang fights consistently," she said. "This is ridiculous. This is an ongoing situation."

Lakesia Brent said her son, a sophomore at the school, sent her multiple text messages asking her to come pick him up.

"He's just afraid," she said, adding that fights at the school were a problem in the last academic year.

The school was placed on lockdown following the stabbings, which occurred about 7 a.m., and students were released to the care of their parents later Wednesday.

Many parents were upset that the school district did not provide them information in a timely manner.

Draper defended the district's actions, saying they focused on two goals — securing the school and making sure no action was taken to compromise the investigation — before communicating information to parents about what had happened. He said students were not immediately released because some of them were potential witnesses who needed to be interviewed by investigators.

"When street violence pours into the school, it compromises the safety of all our students," Draper said.

Comments

eriemom

1 child's death in a school is tragic. 26 children killed with a gun is lunacy.

buttermaker

Why is one child's life worse less than 26? The manner in which they lost their lives? That is lunacy. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people, and injured more than 600, using fertilizer as a bomb. The 9-11 terrorists killed over 3000 using boxcutters to overtake airplanes. According to your logic, that isn't as tragic, because those crimes didn't occur with a firearm. Whether you like it or not, guns don't kill people, people kill people. This act of lunacy in Texas is proof of that fact.

2cents

This is not new! 1969 the hall of my school, a kid that had been bullied and spit on while riding the school bus numerous times by a number of jockey type boys had enough. He singled out the leader and snuck a sawed off ax handle into school, while walking down the hall he pulled it out and spilt the scull open of the guy, blood everywhere! Guess who got expelled?

4shizzle

The butler?

The Big Dog's back

Was it you no sense?

2cents

Oh4 too silly. Of course the kid that did the hitting, the school did not want to loose the ball player. The kid was relocated to another school for the rest of his high school years.

No BD, I am not a violent person!

arnmcrmn

Obama and the liberals would have went crazy had more lives been taken. Crazy people will always exist and the loss of one life is always a tragedy, but not enough to illicit a response from say Obie, Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or the knee jerk liberal left. No, they only like to crazy when the body count is higher. Truth.

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