Aggression, fatal stabbing – in the middle of a classroom – in Santa Rosa


A 16-year-old student has died after being stabbed at a Santa Rosa high school Wednesday, city police said.

The incident happened around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Montgomery High School, when two juniors entered the classroom and began assaulting the freshman, the police chief said. John Creegan of Santa Rosa at a news conference broadcast by the Press-Telegram. .

School teachers tried to break up the fight, but the freshman pulled out a 3- to 4-inch folding knife and stabbed two juniors.

Two injured students left the classroom and went to the school nurse. Both were conscious when the police arrived at the scene.

One of the students was stabbed in the upper part of the body and died in the hospital. Another student, who was expected to survive, was stabbed in the left hand, officials said.

San Francisco news station KGO has identified the dead student as Jayden Pienta, the family said. Shortly after the murder, a memorial for Pienta was unveiled on the Montgomery High campus.

A 15-year-old freshman fled the campus after the fight, but was found in a nearby creek bed and arrested.

“It appears to have been an altercation between students,” Creegan said at a news conference.

Several students who tried to end the conference questioned and commented on the officials.

“Why does it take … death to make our voices heard?” – asked a student who introduced himself as a senior. “The school needs to be held accountable.”

“The school knew in advance that these two were in trouble,” the student said.

Los Angeles Times

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