Abbotsford In Shock Over Stabbing
Abbottsford, B.C.- The community of Abbotsford is trying to recover from a stabbing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary early Tuesday afternoon that claimed the life of one female student and has left another in stable condition.
The School District says the male suspect , who walked into the school shortly after 2 yesterday afternoon and attacked his two victims, was in no way connected with the school and the selection of victims appears to have be random. The suspect stopped the attack when staff started yelling at him, staff then subdued him.
The suspect is in custody, and Abbotsford Senior Secondary School remains closed. A decision on when classes will resume could be made by the end of today.
In the meantime, support and counselling are being offered to students and staff.
The motive for the attack is not yet known .
Premier Christy Clark says she is “Shaken and shocked” by what happened in the school. She offered condolences to the families, students and staff immediately after becoming aware of the tragedy and has issued the following statement this morning:
“I was shocked to hear about the tragic attack at Abbotsford Senior Secondary school. Schools are supposed to be – and must be – places where parents know their kids are safe. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that.
“I hope the investigation concludes swiftly, so we can take whatever action is required to make sure a tragedy like this never happens in British Columbia again. Until we have those answers, I want to commend the heroism of the staff and fellow students who came to the victims’ aid and subdued the suspect. Your bravery is an example for us all.
“I cannot imagine the heartbreak of everyone involved. My thoughts are with the victims, their friends and families, and everyone at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.”
Premier Clark says the province will do “Everything we can, to respond to what has happened here” she says the Province will wait to see what the police report produces and then use that report as a guide to move forward.
“One of things we do know is that all of the emergency planning we do at schools had an impact on this case because people stepped in to stop what was going on.” She says if there is more that can be done, it will be done.