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September 5, 2013

Teen dead, more hurt in Texas high school stabbing

SPRING, Texas (AP) — A fight inside a Houston-area high school escalated into a series of stabbings Wednesday that left a 17-year-old student dead and several others wounded, sheriff's officials said.

Meanwhile, Spring school district officials have canceled classes at the high school for the rest of the week.

Sheriff's detectives questioned a 17-year-old male who officials now consider to be the sole suspect in a stabbing rampage at a Houston-area high school, according to a Harris County Sheriff's Office statement. The statement did not identify the suspect or specify if he is a student at Spring High School, where Wednesday's attacks occurred. No charges have been filed.

"We believe a confrontation of some sort occurred ... that ultimately led into a physical confrontation that produced weapons," Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. "There has been some information that this may have been gang related."

Two victims were hospitalized with minor injuries. A third, identified only as a 16-year-old, was in surgery. No other information was available on the teenager who was killed.

Garcia said a "cutting instrument" was used in the attack but offered no details.

Some parents said the fight was the continuation of a disturbance that broke out Tuesday. Officials at the school, which has about 3,500 students, would not confirm their comments.

"Every parent sends their child to school believing school should be one of those safe haven places," Spring Independent School District Superintendent Ralph Draper said. "This is what we spend our nights and days working toward and what I lose sleep over.

"In my nearly 30-year career, this is the one thing you pray never to experience."

Parent Tara Campbell said she received text messages from her daughter about the fight and that her daughter said students who witnessed the episode snapped cellphone photos of the victims as they lay on the ground.

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