Students stabbed in Houston: A suburban Houston high school was the scene of gang-related student stabbings Wednesday morning, leaving 17-year-old Joshua Broussard dead and at least three others injured, reports Houston's KHOU.com on Sept. 4.
Spring High School officials reported that a fight broke out among multiple students shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday, with as many as five Spring students being stabbed. Police say three people are now in custody on what is being investigated as a gang-related killing.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia confirmed that three "persons of interest" – all Spring High School students—are being held by police, and that no further arrests are expected.
Spring High School, about 20 miles north of Houston, was put on immediate lockdown, with students being dismissed approximately six hours later. The district sent out a phone call regarding the stabbing at approximately 10 a.m., but did not release students for another three hours.
“District officials said they kept them the students inside because many of them witnessed the deadly fight and police wanted to question them,” reports KHOU.
Parent Lakesia Brent, who has a sophomore son that attends Spring High School, says her son reported seeing students bleeding and at least one student on an ambulance gurney with blood-soaked clothing.
Houston’s LifeFlight air rescue team was called in, and a 16-year-old with stab wounds, Deaveon Brazil, was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he is reportedly in critical but stable condition.
Chelitha Brady received a terrifying phone call from her daughter, who was trapped inside of the locked-down school.
“She said, ‘Mom, the young man just fell dead on me,’” Brady said. “She said, ‘Momma, it was some guys, they went to fighting and they went to stabbing... You just got to come, you just got to come.’”
As parents come to grips with the tragedy, some have vowed to home school their children. Others expressed outrage in the time it took the school to notify parents.
Spring Superintendent Dr. Ralph Draper said the delay in getting information out was due to security concerns, but promised to retroactively “flood” parents with information as it’s received.
“In my nearly 30-year career, this is one thing that you pray never happens,” Dr. Draper said. “Please remember these children.”