KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A student at Kansas City’s Northeast Middle School is dead following a stabbing Tuesday inside a a bathroom at the school, according to police.
The Kansas City Police Department responded to the stabbing after a school security guard found two students inside a boys’ bathroom fighting. Investigators said one of the students stabbed the other student with a knife.
The family tells FOX4 the victim’s name is Manuel.
According to police, the student who allegedly was responsible for the stabbing has been detained. KCPD said there is no ongoing threat to other students or the community at this time.
The victim and suspect were identified as 7th or 8th grade boys.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas released a statement Tuesday night saying “I am very saddened to hear that the middle schooler stabbed today at school has died. My condolences to the young man’s family, friends, schoolmates, and our community. Too many of children are struggling and we all have to do more to get them the help they need.”
After the stabbing, worried parents gathered outside to pick up their children.
Students were dismissed by floors, starting with the fourth floor of the school.
Many of the students were texting their parents during it all.
Now their students are home safe, but parents have one main concern.
“It’s like how did he get in school with a knife? What’s going on?” Lewis said. “Basically, how was he able to enter the school with a knife — with metal detectors? I know the metal detectors work because I came to the school with accessories on and it went off.”
Police tell FOX4 detectives are continuing to work Tuesday night on the investigation and will present the case to prosecutors.
KCPS Superintendent released the following statement to students and staff:
Dear KCPS Families,
It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that our Northeast Middle School (NEMS) student has passed away from today’s incident. At this time, we will wait for KCPD to release the student’s name to allow the family some time to grieve privately. We will do everything we can to make sure we support the families who are involved in this tragedy through this difficult time.
I am devastated for our students, our families and our NEMS community. Tomorrow, we will have additional counselors and clinicians at NEMS to provide support for students and staff. We know this news may affect you, as you are part of the KCPS family. We are working to make sure every school has the resources they need to support students and staff this week. I trust our trauma team to lead this work as we move forward together.
Our students need us – now more than ever. Tomorrow, we start the difficult work of helping students and staff process grief and loss. I need you with Team KCPS to support our students and each other.
Thank you for being part of our KCPS family.