INDIANAPOLIS — Classes were dismissed early on Wednesday at North Central High School after an incident with two students involving a knife.
According to the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, one student injured another with a knife in an altercation.
The student who was hurt is receiving medical care. Staff intervened and apprehended the other student.
The condition of the injured student was not known as of Wednesday afternoon.
Classes were dismissed at 10 a.m. for the rest of the students. The building is secure, according to MSD of Washington Township.
From MSD of Washington Township:
“We are triaging this emergency situation and working closely with IMPD as well as supporting students and families. We will have a more comprehensive statement later today. Below is the communication that was sent to parents of North Central students, moments ago.
“Due to an unfortunate event this morning at North Central High School where two students were involved in an altercation involving a knife, we are going to release North Central High School students early at 10 AM, today September 8, 2021.
The student involved has been apprehended, medical attention is being provided and the school building is secure.
Dismissal will begin at 10 AM, if you come to North Central earlier it could be a lengthy process as we have implemented all of our safety protocols.
We will share additional information with parents later today but wanted to immediately communicate the early release.”
Sophomore, Sydney Powell said she was in the hallway outside her art room when she suddenly heard a commotion.
“I just saw a lot of kids running outside,” she said. “And I just thought ‘Oh, it’s just horseplay.’ And next thing you know it’s like three administrators and I got really scared.”
She says the administrators told her to get back into her classroom before she learned that a student had been stabbed in a fight.
“I’m just really shaken up because I don’t know what to think,” she said. “And my only response was I need to go home.”
“Sydney texted me and told me there was a stabbing at the school and she was ready to go home,” said Sydney’s mom, Nina Powell. “Shortly after that, the notification came out from Washington Township saying there had been an incident and they would be doing early release.”
Nina was among the long line of parents who came to North Central to pick up their children. At 10:00 a.m. thousands of students could be seen leaving the building, walking to their buses and cars.
“This was very alarming, but then again I am thankful for how Washington Township has handled it,” Nina Powell said after picking up both of her children. “But it is very scary, I’m glad to have them in my care.”
“I think it’s super important for kids to have cell phones these days,” Nina Powell added.
La’Trice Owens was another mother who came to the school to pick up her daughter. She says she’s concerned about safety at the school because of what her daughter describes in the hallways.
“She just said that they’re fighting every day, and jumping kids and she doesn’t understand why,” Owens said. “And school’s only been in for a month and a couple days.”
Owens hopes this incident will prompt more discussions about safety and security in her daughter’s school.
“I’m constantly texting her to check on her to make sure that she is okay, because of all the fights that get put on social media,” she said.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Washington Township Schools announced classes will resume Thursday at North Central High School with added security and support staff on hand, including counselors.
“We ask our North Central High School family to remain respectful during this challenging time and keep the student receiving medical attention in your thoughts,” Superintendent Dr. Nikki Woodson said in a statement. “We will review our current safety protocols and remind students about our collective responsibility for ensuring safe schools. This act of violence in our schools and increased violence in our community must stop.”
In a video message to parents, Dr. Woodson said school officials have seen an increase in physical aggression by students this school year. She also asked parents to help monitor their children’s social media, pointing out that many incidents being addressed in schools start on social media.