SANTA ROSA, Calif. On Thursday, detectives investigated a confrontation between three Northern California high school students, culminating in one fatally stabbing the other in front of more than two dozen classmates.
A 15-year-old freshman was arrested for homicide and other crimes after a fatal stabbing in an art classroom at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California, on Wednesday. Police reported a 16-year-old junior’s death and injury.
Santa Rosa, noted for its vineyards 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) north of San Francisco, was stunned by the attack, and several surrounding schools were locked down while police sought the young suspect.
Weeklong school closure. According to the Press-Democrat, Principal Adam Paulson termed the stabbing “the saddest day anyone can recall at Montgomery High” in a message to parents, students, and the school community.
According to Santa Rosa police, 16-year-old Jayden Jess Pienta died. Junior. A 16-year-old survived the stabbing. The violence left Jayden’s stepfather, Tom Lenwell, reeling.
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“I’m hurt. I’m sad. I’m never going to see Jayden again,” Lenwell told reporters. “I won’t be able to joke and laugh with him. Those days are gone.”
On Thursday, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Christopher Mahurin said investigators are interviewing the 27 pupils, instructors, and aides. The New Vintage Church prayed for the school Thursday morning.
Mahurin said police would be on campus Monday when school reopens. Some parents said they wanted to learn more about the school’s intentions and will urge the school board regarding children’s safety at next week’s meeting.
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