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North Central student injured with knife during fight at school

Students released at 10 a.m. Wednesday
Posted at 9:02 AM, Sep 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-09 06:20:18-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A North Central High School student was injured in a stabbing during a fight Wednesday at the school on the north side of Indianapolis, officials said.

Two students, both seniors, were "involved in an altercation involving a knife," an email sent to parents from the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township said. North Central students were released from school at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a video statement from superintendent Dr. Nikki Woodson released Wednesday afternoon, there was a verbal altercation outside before the two students involved moved inside and one was stabbed with a knife.

WATCH: Full message from Dr. Woodson

"I am deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence that took place," Woodson said. "School safety takes the support and active engagement of everyone. We are asking for everyone's help in reporting concerns regarding potentially unsafe behavior immediately to staff ... students and staff safety remain our top priority."

The school building was declared secure following the incident. The injured student was taken to the hospital, according to Ellen Rogers, community relations coordinator for MSD of Washington Township.

"We are triaging this emergency situation and working closely with IMPD as well as supporting students and families," Rogers said.

The injured student's condition was not immediately available.

Washington Township Schools later announced all after-school activities and extracurricular events at the school were canceled Wednesday.

District officials said classes will resume Thursday with additional security presence and support for staff.

Students or staff who need counseling support should contact Mrs. Dickerson at kdickerson@msdwt.k12.in.us or 317-259-5301 x45337.

Read the email sent to parents below:

Due to an unfortunate event this morning at North Central High School where two students were involved in an altercation involving a knife, we are going to release North Central High School students early at 10 AM, today September 8, 2021.

The student involved has been apprehended, medical attention is being provided and the school building is secure.

Dismissal will begin at 10 AM, if you come to North Central earlier it could be a lengthy process as we have implemented all of our safety protocols.

We will share additional information with parents later today but wanted to immediately communicate the early release.