Ypsilanti High School student stabbed on school property, deputies say
A 17-year-old Ypsilanti High School student was arrested Tuesday after investigators say he stabbed a female student multiple times with a knife on school property.
The 17-year-old victim was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after the 2:54 p.m. attack, Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies said.
She remained hospitalized this morning in stable condition after undergoing surgery and is expected to recover. Deputies say the victim was stabbed on a dirt trail in a wooded area east of the school after getting into a fight with the other student, who is an acquaintance of hers. It's unclear what the the two were fighting about, sheriff's department spokesman Derrick Jackson said.
Someone walking on the trail near the school's football field on Packard Road found the victim and called 911, Jackson said. At least one wound was to the victim's back, Jackson said. Deputies say the victim was alert when she was taken to the hospital.
Investigators say the attacker left the scene, but was quickly apprehended at his Ypsilanti home without incident. Jackson said he did not know whether the knife was recovered. The teen was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail. So far, no charges have been filed as county prosecutors review the case.
The stabbing occurred about 30 minutes after school let out, officials said. Ypsilanti Public Schools spokeswoman Emma Jackson said the alleged assailant has been suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation. School officials sent a message to parents, students and staff Tuesday night to let them know counselors and social workers will be available as needed, she said.
Anyone with information can call the sheriff department's tip line at (734) 973-7711.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.