A suspect is in custody after a stabbing at a Canadian high school. The incident was first reported at around 2 p.m. local time at Abbotsford Secondary School in British Columbia. The school is located along Bevan Avenue in Abbotsford, about 45 miles south-east of Vancouver.
Shortly after the attack, a video appeared online purporting to show footage of the attack. Warning this link shows extremely graphic content.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. One of the Victims Has Died
One of the victims has died as a result of the attack, another remains in a local hospital. News 1130 reports that both of the victims are students. Their identities have not been revealed at this point. Chatter on social media indicates that both victims are female. The Abbotsford News describes the injuries as “significant.” Both were airlifted from the scene.
2. The School Was on Lockdown
The school was on lockdown, reports Global News Canada. That includes both the senior and junior school on campus. CTV’s Shannon Peterson reports that a SWAT team were going classroom to classroom as part of a precautionary search. The lockdown ended at around 4:30 p.m. local time.
3. A Massive Police Presence Was on Scene at the School
The Abbotsford News reports that a dozen police cars were on scene in addition to fire crews and paramedics.
4. Parents Are Asked to Call the Abbotsford School District for Updates
A staging area has been set up for parents at the Abbotsford Art Center, located at 2329 Crescent Way.
5. There Are Over 1,200 Students Enrolled in the School
According to the school’s website, there are over 1,200 enrolled at the school. The principal is Rob Comeau. There are 58 teachers on staff. Having been known as Abbotsford Collegiate, the school changed its name back to Abbotsford Senior Secondary in 2012 to coincide with a major redevelopment of the campus.