BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — One student is hospitalized and another is in custody after a fight led to a stabbing at Bloomington Jefferson High School early Tuesday afternoon.
Police Chief Jeff Potts said the altercation between two female teens happened just after noon in a main hallway at the front of the building. He detailed how the school resource officer, the principal and staff members were able to intervene within seconds, but by then one of the female teens involved had been stabbed multiple times.
That student was rushed to Fairview Southdale Hospital, where her condition is reported as stable.
The student accused in the stabbing was taken into custody pending charges, and is being held at the Bloomington Police station.
Potts says at this point it is unclear why the fight took place and school officials have said they're not aware of any prior incident involving the two students. The school was placed in lockdown immediately after the altercation, which allowed investigators to process the scene. The chief commended the principal for keeping students informed throughout the ordeal.
School officials said that the school lifted the lockdown once the scene was secured, and the school went into a shelter-in-place. Students were dismissed at the normal time.
According to school officials, additional social care workers and counselors will be available Wednesday to assist with students and staff.