A 17-year-old male is at King County Juvenile Detention for attempted murder/assault 1 charges, and a 16-year-old male is in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center after a stabbing incident at Federal Way High School late Tuesday morning.
Federal Way High School was locked down after the stabbing took place, and school district security blocked off all entrances to the school as Federal Way Police officers and South King Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to the incident, which was initially described as a minor stabbing.
According to a Federal Way Police Department press release, at approximately 11 a.m., the school resource officer observed one juvenile student stab another in front of the school. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with one stab wound to the abdomen. The student’s family was notified. According to FWPD Cmdr. Steve Arbuthnot in an email, the weapon used in the stabbing was a folding knife.
“Federal Way detectives and crime scene investigators are working diligently to collect and evaluate all available evidence in this case and interview all witnesses,” according to the FWPD press release.
The investigation is ongoing, and additional information will be released as it develops.
Federal Way police are urging people with information pertaining to this crime to contact the police department, visit the tip website at www.safecityfw.com or call 253-835-2121.
Kassie Swenson, Federal Way Public Schools spokesperson, said once Federal Way Police and district security were notified of the incident, the high school was placed on external lockdown from 11:05 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and only police and first responders were allowed to enter and exit. Once the lockdown was lifted, school operations resumed.
Swenson said extra security and counselors were brought in to provide students and staff additional support.
“While we understand incidents such as these are upsetting, today’s incident highlights the plans we have in place to respond to an unlikely incident,” according to a press release from the school district. “Our partnership with the Federal Way Police Department allowed a rapid response when responding to the incident today.”
The press release went on to say Federal Way Public Schools has a zero tolerance policy regarding all weapons and weapon “look-alikes” and stated any student possessing a weapon will be immediately expelled.
“Our highest priority is the safety and security of our students and staff,” the press release stated. “This is why schools immediately respond to all reported threats to safety. Ultimately, the security of our schools depends on all of us — students, parents, teachers and community members — working together.”
The Mirror will update this story as more information becomes available.