Sadly, a California boy, 16, was fatally stabbed during a fight in a high school art classroom, reports PEOPLE. The Santa Rose Police Department revealed that the incident occurred at Montgomery High School not too long after 11 a.m. Although two students were stabbed during the encounter, one student, Jayden Jess Pienta, was stabbed three times and declared deceased at a nearby hospital. According to KPIX, a memorial for the Pienta has been rising outside of the school.
Officials say the encounter occurred when two 16-year-old boys went into an art classroom and addressed another 15-year-old student, who was a freshman. Three aids and a teacher managed to break up the commotion; however, the three students started to fight again when the 15-year-old student pulled out a blade between four to five inches long, says authorities. The freshman went on to stab both 16-year-old students.
John Cregan, Santa Rosa Police Chief said,
“One of those students received what appeared to be three stab wounds to his upper body. One student received one stab wound to his left hand.” Cregan told the news outlet that there were “some previous altercations between these students.”
Both students 16-year-old students who were stabbed were conscious following the attack and provided original statements to officials. Reports say the second victim survived. The freshman reportedly fled the school after the deadly assault and his name has not been released to the public; however, he was eventually located and arrested. He has been charged with
“three felony charges of homicide, attempted homicide and weapon on a school campus, as well as the misdemeanor of battery on a school campus,”
#Clique, let’s keep Pienta’s family in our thoughts and prayers!