Teen dead, more hurt in Texas high school stabbing
By Michael Graczyk, APSPRING, Texas — A fight inside a Houston-area high school escalated into a series of stabbings Wednesday that left a 17-year-old student dead and three others wounded, sheriff's officials said.
September 5, 2013, 2:06 pm TWN
The stabbings happened during a fight between several students in a school corridor. The Harris County Sheriff's Department said 17-year-old student Luis Alonzo Alfaro pulled a knife during the fight and fatally stabbed one student and wounded three others.
Alfaro admitted to the stabbing under questioning by homicide detectives and was charged with murder, the Sheriff's Department said Wednesday evening in a statement.
Alfaro is booked into a Harris County jail with bail set at $50,000.
A preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Friday. Online court records list no attorney for Alfaro. A telephone call to a number listed with his home address connected to a fax machine.
Authorities provided few details on what may have led to the fight, and no other information was available on the teenager who was killed.
"We believe a confrontation of some sort occurred ... that ultimately led into a physical confrontation that produced weapons," Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. "There has been some information that this may have been gang-related."
School district officials canceled classes at the high school for the rest of the week.
Some parents said the fight was the continuation of a disturbance that broke out Tuesday. Officials at the school, which has about 3,500 students, would not confirm their comments.
"Every parent sends their child to school believing school should be one of those safe haven places," Spring Independent School District Superintendent Ralph Draper said. "This is what we spend our nights and days working toward and what I lose sleep over.
"In my nearly 30-year career, this is the one thing you pray never to experience."
Lora Ross, left, hugs her son Jonathan Ross outside Spring High School Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Spring, Texas. Students were dismissed after a 17-year-old student was stabbed to ...