HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Brookland Middle School is currently under a “lock and teach” after a stabbing on school grounds that sent a juvenile to the hospital with serious injuries.
According to the Henrico County Police Department, at 11:44 a.m., a Henrico school resource officer at the school was made aware of a stabbing incident. One juvenile was taken to a local hospital for treatment after the incident happened in a locker room. Both the victim and the suspect are in 7th grade, according to police.
The relationship between the two and the events leading up to the incident are being investigated by police.
Henrico Police and the Henrico Criminal Investigation Unit are on scene collecting evidence and speaking to any possible witnesses.
Officers said they collected a small-bladed knife and there is no threat to the community.
Henrico officers are working with the school system to guide the student pickup process for parents and guardians arriving to the school early. Police will be on scene for the remainder of the school day.
The 7th grade suspect connected to the incident has been located by police.
“We are in this together and it takes a village,” said Henrico School Board member, Roscoe Cooper III. “Our community is hurting. Our schools are a microcosm of our community, so our schools are hurting. Our children are under attack and now more than ever we have to come together as the community and the schools. Family members, if you see something, say something.”
“We are evaluating our safety protocols to see what we’ve done and what we need to do to ensure the safety of our staff as well as our students — to be more proactive and not reactive and preventative to hopefully prevent this from happening again,” Cooper said.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000.