St. Paul, MN – A person was stabbed to death at a St. Paul high school on Friday.
The St. Paul Police Department (SPPD) confirmed there is a homicide investigation underway at Harding High School located in the 1500-block of Sixth Street East.
Police said “one person has died” as a result of a stabbing.
The school went into lockdown at approximately 11:45 a.m., KARE reported.
Students were later released from the school at about 2 p.m.
It is unclear if the person who died in the attack was a student.
It is also unknown if anyone has been arrested or taken into custody.
Details regarding what led up to the incident have not been released.
“There’s like four gun incidents and now this stabbing,” one woman told KARE as she waited outside the high school to pick up her child on Friday. “And they haven’t been doing nothing. It’s a shame it had to come to this.”
Felicia Henderson, whose daughter is a freshman at Harding High School, said she happened to be driving by the school when she noticed the large number of law enforcement vehicles parked outside, the Star Tribune reported.
“I got scared, I didn’t know what was happening so I just stopped,” Henderson told the paper. “There’s been a lot going on at the school so it scared me.”
Another mother, Tish Tensley, said she rushed to the school after she received a call from her daughter, a sophomore, asking for her to come pick her up right away, the Star Tribune reported.
“She was real shaken in her voice and I said ‘What happened?’ She said someone had been stabbed and they’re on lockdown,” Tensley recounted. “I told her that she needed to stay calm and that she needed to sit tight because if she’s on lockdown then there’s no way that I could get her out.”
Tensley said she stayed in touch with her daughter via text while she left work and went to the school to wait outside for the lockdown to be lifted, the Star Tribune reported.
Henderson and Tensley told the paper they believe the spike in violence at the school could be avoided if students had more community support and access to resources such as reflexology and yoga.
SPPD Officers are investigating a stabbing on the 1500 block of Sixth Street East at Harding High School where one person has died.
Watch here for updates and media availability.
— Saint Paul Police Department (@sppdmn) February 10, 2023
FATAL STABBING: students have now been released from Harding High School. @sppdmn confirmed one person died.
We’re working to learn what led up to the incident.@kare11 pic.twitter.com/VgCY5wQWLO
— Jennifer Hoff (@JennHoffReports) February 10, 2023
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