BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — As Bastrop High School students made their way to school on Thursday morning, their routine was interrupted by chaos and panic. A student was rushed to the hospital and another taken into police custody following a stabbing on campus.
“All I hear over the bus intercom is that school is on lockdown,” said Samantha Patterson, a student at the high school. “And when I got to school there were cops all over the place.”
“Everybody was in shock, because it came out of nowhere,” said junior, Pershanna Barnett. “That’s when the teacher said everyone clear out, everybody start moving.”
The 15-year-old student was stabbed as he and another male student went into a restroom to fight before classes started Thursday. District officials say the suspect was identified as a 15-year-old and taken into custody on a charge of charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The stabbing victim was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“It’s quite terrifying to think at school you can have anything happen,” said Shelby Barnes, a junior at Bastrop High.
Students who were already at the school when the stabbing happened were taken to J.F.W. Performing Arts Center. Officers cleared the school and allowed students to return to campus to resume classes.
For some parents, emotions quickly changed from fear to frustration, saying things were disorganized in the hours following the stabbing.
Nancy Guana said, “They need to organize them for other incidents, if it was any of our children or someone close to our children, and we don’t know anything and we can’t get any information.”
Now, questions of school safety are surfacing.
“Even before this happened I never quite feel safe because there’s a lot of problems, a lot of bullying, a lot of fights where kids are threatening each other,” said Barnes.
“They need to do something, because you never know if this will happen again, and maybe next time it won’t be a knife, and it could be something else.”
Students and parents are thankful no other students were involved or injured.