GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)- One juvenile suspect is in custody following a stabbing incident at Grand Junction High School that left another juvenile in the hospital, being treated for stab wounds.
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“I didn’t think we were going to go into shelter in place and then we did. So yeah, I was pretty shocked,” says fellow student, Jayden Callahan.
At approximately 10:11 a.m. a school resource officer responded to a radio call for help on the lawn near the south end of the campus. Officers discovered the victim with what appeared to be stab wounds.
“There was one victim who was transported to the hospital with an unknown extent of injuries. And we have a suspect who has been detained and is being interviewed by police,” says Heidi Davidson with GJPD.
The suspect was still at the scene and was taken into custody. The students are known to one another, according to the Grand Junction Police Department. Parents of both the juveniles were notified.
“I didn’t think it was very scary at all. I feel like they handled the situation very well for how serious it was,” says student, Christian Peltier.
Initially, the school was placed into lockdown but then transitioned into a shelter in place. Classrooms went into a shelter in place until around 2:15 pm. From there, the day resumed its normal operation.
“We were just walking upstairs into the hallways. We were just told to go to a classroom. I was heading upstairs to go to my next class, but we just went into the classroom that was near us,” says Callahan.
No gun is believed to have been involved in this incident. No word yet on the weapon used.
There is no ongoing threat or danger at the school. The scene was contained within minutes according to the GJPD. District 51 tweeted out this afternoon that school activities and sports with GJHS were going on as scheduled.
“We really urge parents to make sure that they are registered for emergency alerts, both through the school district and through the Grand Junction regional communication center for exactly this reason,” says Davidson.