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Teen Girl Stabbed To Death In Fight At Warren Fitzgerald High School

Police believe the dispute was over a boy

September 12, 2018 - 11:09 am
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WARREN (WWJ) - A teenage girl has died, according to police, after she was stabbed during a fight at a Warren high school. 

The incident happened at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fitzgerald High School, located along Ryan and 9 Mile roads. 

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said a 16-year-old girl was stabbed twice in the chest by a 17-year-old girl during a fight inside a classroom. 

The suspect was arrested, Dwyer said, and the younger girl was rushed to St. John Oakland Hospital where she died at around 9:20 a.m. 

According to Dwyer, who described the weapon as a "kitchen-style steak knife," no other students were injured or took part in the fight.

Although an investigation is ongoing, he said it appears that the dispute between the two girls was over a boy. 

"I'd like to make it clear that this was not a random act," Dwyer told the commissioner told reporters at an afternoon news conference. "The victim and suspect were known to each other, and this incident appears to involve a male student who's cooperating in the investigation...It's possible that both the victim had a relationship with the male student."

Classrooms at the high school were on lockdown following the incident, and students were released early at 10 a.m. 

Asked about saftey concerns at the school, Dwyer praised the efforts of the school security officer, who the commissioner said did "a superb job." 

"He was there administering CPR within seconds trying to save this young girl's life," Dwyer said. "As far as the security in the school, we do everyone possible to prevent these type of tragedies, and the security is the best we can do at this time."

"I'm very outspoken about the need for additional security across the country at the schools. I think more funding should be made available to tighten security up," he said, adding that he has advocated for the use of metal detectors. 

Both the victim and the supect -- who have not yet been named by police -- were straight-A students, "and neither had been involved in any trouble before," according to Dwyer. 

The victim's family told police she was a member of the cross country team, the robotics club, the color guard, the marching band, the student council and the National Honor Society. 

Dwyer said there were 20 to 30 other students in the classroom when the stabbing occurred, and that police will be speaking with witnesses as an investigation continues. 

In a statment posted to the Fitzgerald Public Schools website, Superintendent Laurie Fournier said they are deeply saddened by the student's death.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the student’s family and we offer our deepest sympathy," the statement continues. 

"At the High School we have deployed additional counselors, psychologists and social workers for students and staff who need support during this difficult time. Students and their parents may come to the High School between the hours of 8am and 2pm for support and assistance. We are working very closely with the police department on this matter as well as conducting an internal school review of the incident which will review all our current safety procedures and protocols. This is a time of mourning for the Fitzgerald Community and we ask for you to respect the privacy of the victim’s family. Please check Facebook and our website for updates."

Fitzgerald High School will be closed on Thursday, Fournier said, while the middle school and elementary schools will remain open. 

The suspect is expected to be charged and arraigned on Thursday.

Dwyer said this was the third homicide in Warren in 2018.

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