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Parents react to the violent stabbing at Turlock High School | Updates

Police said the incident happened Friday morning. The school was placed on lockdown until around 10:30 a.m.

TURLOCK, Calif. — Turlock High School was placed on a temporary lockdown Friday morning after school officials said a student allegedly stabbed another student.

"It's pretty scary because lots of students come here to be like safe and something like this happening is really scary," Aleny Lopez, a student at the school said.

According to a Facebook post by Turlock High School, two students got into a fight Friday morning, resulting in the stabbing. Turlock police tweeted one suspect was taken into custody. The victim was taken to an area hospital.

Video on social media has gone around of the incident. The video shows the moments of the attack and when a teacher jumped into action, intervening to break up the fight.

"The actions of that teacher he absolutely took action that probably saved a life or at least saved injury," Lt. Neil Cervanka with the Turlock Police Department said.

Parents like Toni Marie Shaw echoed the thoughts of other parents who spoke to ABC10 saying more needs to be done to keep kids safe.

"But, metal detectors need to come go up fast, like ASAP," Marie said.

Meantime, other parents like Todd Wilson were satisfied the school did its best.

"I felt like I wasn't worried about my son or anything. I felt like they handled things well," Wilson said.

Police say there are no other suspects at this time.

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Turlock High School sign.

The school lockdown was in place until around 10:30 a.m.

"School will remain in session with our regular bell schedule. Parents who would like to pick up their student from school may do so in the front office," Turlock High School said in its Facebook post.

Turlock police provided an update around 12:30 p.m. Friday saying the victim is in stable condition while the suspect has been arrested on a charge of attempted homicide.

The Turlock Unified School District said in a press release counselors and student support clinicians are available to students and staff who witnessed the fight and need someone to talk to.

"Our immediate focus is on the social-emotional well-being of our THS and school communities as well as maintaining safe environments for students and staff," the press release from the school distract says.

A return to the classroom after months away is having an effect on kids mental health. When traumatic incidents happen, talk about it.

"You know there's more heightened violence and there's heightened emotional interactions going on at the school," Dr. Andrew Mendonsa, a child psychologist said. "Being transparent, being open, being willing to hear.”

Mendonsa said parents should reassure their kids these incidents are rare, and their school and police are equipped to respond.


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