Emergency personnel remove a person Spring High School in Spring, Texas, after at least one person was killed and others were injured during an altercation.
(Photo: Mayra Beltran, AP)
A 17-year-old student was stabbed to death and three others were injured in a possible gang-related confrontation Wednesday at Spring High School in the Houston suburb of Spring, Texas, Harris County sheriff Adrian Garcia said.
Three "persons of interest" have been taken into custody, he said.
Spring High School, which serves 3,000 students, was locked down.
Garcia said the incident occurred around 7. a.m. at Spring High School and "may have been gang-related."
He said said the incident started with a physical confrontation involving a "cutting instrument."
The sheriff said two students were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He said the fourth was in unknown condition, but apparently was undergoing surgery.
"When street violence pours into the schools, it compromises the well-being of all our students," said Dr. Ralph Draper, Spring ISD Superintendent, at a news conference outside the school..
"It is our aim to re-establish a safe and secure place" for students on campus
KPRC-TV spoke with a man who said he was the father of the teen who was killed. "He was just trying to come to school today," he said of his son..
The victim's aunt, who identified herself as Alisa Brousard, said the killing "was random."