GOWANDA, NY- A female Gowanda High School student is in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times allegedly by another female student from the school.
Police say they were called to Chestnut Street shortly after 8 P.M. Wednesday. When an officer arrived at the scene, he found the victim laying in a snow bank bleeding heavily from the neck. The officer was able to provide first aid until Gowanda Ambulance arrived. The teen was taken to Lakeshore Hospital with several knife wounds then transferred to Children's Hospital.
The alleged assailant was identified to police by bystanders at the scene. She was arrested at her home a short time later without incident. The weapon believed used, according to police, a steak knife, was also recovered and taken in as evidence.
Gowanda Police say the assault stemmed from threats made through social media and texting.
The interim Superintendent for the Gowanda Central School District, Dr. Robert Anderson, issued the following statement Thursday morning regarding the incident:
Last night in the village, two high school students were involved in a physical altercation where one student was stabbed multiple times. The injured student is in stable condition in the hospital while the other student is in police custody. After the incident, via social media, it was reported that a third HS student made threats against the school. These allegations were investigated by the NYS Police and found to be false. However, all such threats and rumors of threats are taken seriously and investigated by the District with direct involvement with our SRO and law enforcement.
The suspect, who will not be identified due to her age, was placed in juvenile detention pending further court action. She's charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.