“It’s just a true tragedy,” he said. “I mean, you’re talking about two young ladies that were students, that were going to school to learn, that had some sort of a personal problem -- at least, the suspect in the case had a problem with the victim. It’s just a true tragedy.”
Dwyer said both the victim and the suspect were straight-A students who had not been in trouble before. The victim had been a member of the cross country team, the robotics club, the marching band, the National Honor Society and other groups.
“I can’t emphasize enough how this department feels, the sadness and the prayers that go out to the victim’s family,” Dwyer said. “I know that the school resource officer is having a very difficult time. (He) immediately started CPR on the victim, and right now he’ll be getting counseling too, because of the grief that he feels.”
The 17-year-old suspect was arrested without incident after the stabbing, Dwyer said. He said investigators would ask prosecutors for a warrant to charge the teenager with murder.
The school was closed Wednesday after the stabbing. Dwyer said it would remain closed Thursday.