Girl, 14, stabbed at suburban Denver school; boy detained

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Posted: Apr 30, 2015 6:48 PM
Girl, 14, stabbed at suburban Denver school; boy detained

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl was hospitalized Thursday after being stabbed at a suburban Denver school, and a 14-year-old classmate has been detained for questioning.

Broomfield police Sgt. Mark Goodell said the girl was stabbed in the back by a boy near a playground at Aspen Creek K-8 school and then was airlifted to a hospital.

Neither police nor firefighters released her name or condition. The boy's name also was not released.

North Metro Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sara Farris said a helicopter moved the girl because it was the quickest way to get her to a trauma unit, given traffic and other considerations.

Goodell said several students and staff members witnessed the attack, which appears to be an isolated incident. Classes continued after the stabbing, but some parents arrived to pick up their children.

Elizabeth Kelts picked up her daughters early Thursday after they texted her in a panic.

"We will talk about this as a family tonight," Kelts said.

Other parents said they were frustrated that they were not notified of the attack earlier. School officials said an email was sent to parents at 12:30 p.m., about an hour after the stabbing.

It's not clear how the student got the knife, and school district spokesman Briggs Gamblin told the Daily Camera newspaper in nearby Boulder (http://bit.ly/1GzS0YA ) that students aren't frisked.