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2 students at Lorain High School injured in 'altercation possibly involving' knife

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Lorain High School
Posted at 1:50 PM, Jan 04, 2023

LORAIN, Ohio — A male student of Lorain High School was taken into police custody on Wednesday after a possible stabbing left two other students injured. The incident resulted in the high school campus being placed into a Level 2 lockdown while police and school staff responded.

Lorain police said the male student was quickly taken into custody and the two victims were given medical treatment. The victims are in “stable or better condition” and a small folding knife was recovered, police said.

After the final bell on Wednesday, parents picking up their children were understandably concerned.

“Those are my girls. I don’t play when it comes to my kids,” said Judy Owens. “I’m sure that’s with all parents. Some parents were saying, ‘I’m going up to the school… but we know they’re not going to let us in.’ It’s been real with us.”

The incident, which prompted a heightened state of lockdown at the large high school, happened in the early afternoon, although it is unclear where it occurred. The lockdown was lifted less than an hour later. In a Level-2 Lockdown, no one is allowed to enter or exit the building, and students and teachers must shelter in classrooms, with no one allowed in the halls, school officials said. The school's safety and security team, as well as the Lorain Police Department, responded.

"School staff and safety officials did a great job of placing the school into a precautionary lockdown, securing and separating both parties believed to be involved, and providing medical care to two male students injured during the incident," Lorain Police said in a statement.

Miguel Rojas had just enrolled his son at Lorain High School for the fall semester. Although Wednesdays lockdown appears to be an isolated incident, Rojas said he was starting to second guess that decision.

"It’s a little bit concerning right now about the situation and how [the suspect] got in the school [with a knife],” Rojas said. “How did he jump into the school with a knife? It’s a little bit concerning. If he can bring a knife, he can bring a gun.”

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