Warren Fitzgerald High School students that were released from the lockdown after a student was stabbed on campus Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Warren, Michigan. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)
WARREN, Michigan. – A 17-year-old Michigan high school student could be faced with a murder charge after police say she fatally with a classmate about a man of whom both had dated.
Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said the deadly collision between the two “straight-students took place in a Fitzgerald High School class Wednesday morning. A school resource officer immediately began life-saving procedures, but the 16-year-old victim was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later. Dwyer said the teen suspect used a steak knife.
“This is really a drama. … This seems to be an argument between two students and we are investigating to determine why this happened,” Dwyer said.
Dwyer said that the girls knew each other and had in the past, no problems. He told The Associated Press the suspect was angry and alarmed when the male student broke up with her and went out of the victim, which leads to her attacking her love rival.
The suspect was taken into custody at the scene, and is held in the police department to get to the accusation, which can happen Thursday. Dwyer said the suspect will likely be charged with premeditated murder in the city of the court.
It was not immediately clear if the suspect is a lawyer, but they can make a request at its first session. Michigan prosecutes 17-year-olds as adults in murder cases.
The victim was on the school robotics team, student council, ran cross country and played in the marching band, Dwyer said.
The school was initially placed on lockdown, but students were later released. The district said in a statement that the high school will be closed on Thursday, but that the students and their parents can come during the normal school hours for the support and assistance from therapists, psychologists, and social workers.
School officials say they work with the police and conducting an internal review includes the safety of the procedures.
Dwyer said the school resource officer, who had been with the department for 10 years, “did everything he could to save that young girl.”
“He makes it very difficult that he was unable to save her life,” Dwyer said.