The Latest: Police: Parents' letter apologizes for stabbing

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Posted: Nov 15, 2016 7:30 PM
The Latest: Police: Parents' letter apologizes for stabbing

OREM, Utah (AP) — The Latest on the stabbings of five students at a Utah high school (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Police in Utah have posted a letter online that they say is from the parents of a teen accused of stabbing five classmates and that apologizes for their son's actions.

The letter says none of the victims had done anything to hurt their son. Police aren't releasing the name of the suspect or victims, citing their ages. The five are expected to survive.

Orem police posted a picture of the hand-written letter on its official Twitter account Tuesday. It says the stabbings weren't racially or ethnically motivated and that the parents cannot express how sorry they are for the pain their son caused.

Police say the teen stabbed his classmates in the neck and upper torso as they were getting changed for physical education class in a boys locker room.

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4:10 p.m.

Hospital officials say five students stabbed by a classmate at a Utah high school are expected to survive.

Utah Valley Hospital spokeswoman Janet Frank said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that two of the students are in critical but stable condition. Two others are in fair condition. Police say a fifth victim was released earlier Tuesday.

The suspect, a 16-year-old student who also stabbed himself in the neck, was released from the hospital but is in police custody.

Police say the teen stabbed five of his classmates in the neck and upper torso early Tuesday morning as they were getting changed for physical education class in a boys' locker room.

Police don't know the suspect's motive.

They aren't releasing names of the suspect or victim, citing their age.

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2:40 p.m.

Police say a teenager suspected of stabbing five classmates and himself has been released from a hospital but is still in custody. One of the victims was also released after receiving treatment.

The four other male victims remained hospitalized with stab wounds to their necks and torsos.

Police have said their conditions range from fair to critical.

The 16-year-old suspect was taken into police custody following the stabbings just before a physical education class at Mountain View High School. Police say he was treated for self-inflicted stab wounds to his neck.

Police are investigating the motive for the attack. School officials said the teen was a straight-A student who had recently enrolled after being homeschooled.

Police have not released his name, citing his age.

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11:30 a.m.

Utah police say a 16-year-old student accused of stabbing five other students inside his high school locker room stabbed himself before he was subdued with a Taser and taken into custody.

Orem Police Chief Gary Giles said Tuesday that school employees boxed the teen into a corner before the first police officer arrived, risking their lives to stop the bloodshed.

He says the injured students suffered wounds to their necks and torso. They are being treated at area hospitals and their conditions range from critical to fair. The suspect was also hospitalized.

School officials say the suspect was a new student who was previously homeschooled.

District spokeswoman Kimberly Bird says he was a straight-A student with no disciple problems.

She says the stabbings happened as the students were preparing for a morning physical education class.

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10:40 a.m.

Students at a Utah high school say the stabbings of five teens happened in the boy's locker room of the school.

Junior Karen Martinez says she saw one injured teen running toward the school's office with a head wound and another with a neck wound.

Police say a 16-year-old boy was taken into custody after the stabbings and the victims' conditions range from critical to fair. All of the victims were male.

Sophomore Paxton Ransom says he saw blood on the locker room floor and thought it was fake until he saw a person who had been stabbed on the floor. He ran into the gym's weight room.

Students were allowed to go back to classes or leave with their parents after the hour-long lockdown. Dozens of frightened parents arrived to pick up their kids.

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9:20 a.m.

Utah police say a 16-year-old boy is in custody after five male students were stabbed at a high school.

Orem police Lt. Craig Martinez told reporters on Tuesday each victim was stabbed at least once at Mountain View High school and their conditions range from critical to fair.

Martinez says it isn't yet clear if any of the victims' injuries are life-threatening.

He says the stabbing happened in the gym area shortly before 8 a.m. in Orem, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Martinez says the teen was taken into custody by a school resource officer. The victims are being treated at local hospitals.

He says the school's other students are safe after the suspect was caught.

The school was put on lockdown after the stabbing.

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8:15 a.m.

A Utah high school is under lockdown while police investigate at least one stabbing and possibly more.

Police in Orem say they responded to the scene at Mountain View High School north of Provo at about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

KSL-TV reports (http://tinyurl.com/ju29za3) that a suspect is in custody.

No details have been released about how many people were stabbed or the seriousness of any injuries.

It's not known if any students were involved.

Police say the school remains under lockdown until further notice.