A stabbing at a Houston area high school on Wednesday, September, 4, 2013, has left one student dead and three other injured after a fight escalated in the cafeteria. KHOU News has reported that 17-year-old, Luis Alonzo Alfaro has been arrested and charged with the murder.
The fight occured just after 7 a.m. CST, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Joshua Broussard, 17, was killed and of the three injured, Deaveon Brazil, 16, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center. Brazil has since been released from the hospital. The other two students suffered minor injuries and were treated at area hospitals.
Three people were taken into custody for questioning and authorities interviewed several individuals who witnessed the fight. Students are saying the fight was between two rival gangs.
"There has been some information that this may have been gang related, but it's a very dynamic scene and investigators are working through it," Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. "We'll work through that as we get it."
Parents were not notified until 10 a.m. when a phone alert was sent out confirming the death and other injuries. Hundreds of parents rushed to the school, but were kept away from campus until 1 p.m.
Superintendent Dr. Ralph Draper said the lack of information given to the parents was because of security concerns. Parents are angry and frustrated with how the district handled the situation.
Chelitha Brady's daughter attends Spring High and she called her to tell her about the horrible scene she had seen.
"She said, 'Mom the young man just fell dead on me. Momma, they went to fighting and they went to stabbin...you just got to come, you just got to come'" said Brady.
Brady says she was able to get in the school to check on her daughter and says she saw the victim's body laying in a hallway. She says her first priority is to get her daughter professional help to deal with what she saw and to then get her out of Spring High School.
Other parents were able to communicate wit their children through text messages and also would like to remove their children from Spring High, but feel they are stuck.
Classes are expected to resume on Monday morning.
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