HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Police officers have arrested a student on suspicion of stabbing two staff members Monday at a high school in Canada’s Atlantic coast city of Halifax, police said.
The two victims and the student were taken to hospital for treatment, and the extent of their injuries remains unclear. Halifax Regional Police confirmed that the suspect is a student at the school.
Lindsey Bunin, spokeswoman for Halifax Regional Center for Education, said there had been concern about the student, who was in an administrative office at the time of the attack.
The student then left the building, “but police were on scene almost immediately,” she said.
Police said they responded to a weapons complaint at around 9:20 a.m., and a suspect was taken into custody about 10 minutes later.
The school, with about 1,700 students in grades 10 through 12, was briefly locked down and then closed for the remainder of the day, with students released.
Such violence is rare in Canada, especially in the country’s Atlantic coast provinces.
Raghad Ghazal, a 15-year-old Grade 10 student, said she was outside when she spotted “a guy with a knife running away and then a security guard chasing after him with a broom.”
That’s when the police showed up, she said.
“He was just chasing after him and then there were five police cars that came and they were surrounding him,” she said as she waited outside the school for a bus. “I was kind of shocked.”
Hala Almashharawi, 15, was in a classroom when the stabbing was reported.
“I didn’t think something like this would happen in our school. It was kind of crazy to think about it,” she said.
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