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Mountain View stabbing suspect booked on attempted murder charges

By Braley Dodson daily Herald - | Nov 16, 2016
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Mountain View students are seen going home after school Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at Mountain View High School in Orem. Some students wore yellow ribbons in support of those who were injured in Tuesday's mass stabbing at the school. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Anton Wood poses for a portrait wearing a yellow ribbon Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at Mountain View High School in Orem. Some students wore yellow ribbons in support of those who were injured in Tuesday's mass stabbing at the school. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Mountain View students are seen going home after school Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at Mountain View High School in Orem. Some students wore yellow ribbons in support of those who were injured in Tuesday's mass stabbing at the school. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Mountain View students are seen going home after school Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at Mountain View High School in Orem. Some students wore yellow ribbons in support of those who were injured in Tuesday's mass stabbing at the school. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

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Anton Wood poses for a portrait wearing a yellow ribbon Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at Mountain View High School in Orem. Some students wore yellow ribbons in support of those who were injured in Tuesday's mass stabbing at the school. DOMINIC VALENTE, Daily Herald

A student who reportedly stabbed five classmates at Mountain View High School on Tuesday has been booked on five attempted murder charges.

Six students, including the reported suspect, were injured at about 8 a.m. Tuesday in a locker room while getting ready for a physical education class. Staff cornered the 16-year-old suspect in the bathroom area until a school resource officer arrived and took the boy into custody.

The entire incident took place in six minutes because of the on-site resource officer, according to David Stephenson, a spokesperson for Alpine School District.

“Because of him, this situation de-escalated quickly,” Stephenson said. 

The student has since been booked on suspicion of five counts of attempted murder, though he has not been formally charged, according to the Associated Press.

Students returned to Mountain View on Wednesday as classes resumed as normal.

The majority of students were checked out of school by parents Tuesday following the stabbing. School continued to be held normally through the rest of the day.

About 165 students were still absent Wednesday, about 20 fewer than were absent Monday.  

“That community of students wants to come together and support each other, and the way they do that is to come to school and be with each other,” Stephenson said. 

The five victims were male and all received at least one stab wound. Police have said the suspect is a white, straight-A student who had no prior disciplinary issues and was previously home-schooled. They have also said the attack was not in retaliation to bullying, was not racially, ethnically or religiously motivated, and that the victims were stabbed because of their proximity to the boy.

The suspect and a victim were treated and released from the hospital Tuesday morning. Four of the boys were sent to Utah Valley Hospital in Provo.

As of Wednesday morning, one boy was in fair condition and two were in serious condition. One has been transferred to another hospital for additional treatment and was in fair condition as of Tuesday evening. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

Officials released the 911 call Wednesday. In the call, a woman states an unidentified student had stabbed multiple people. At the time, there were two victims in the office. 

Mountain View High School received an outpouring of support Tuesday, from messages on social media to posters brought in by other schools.

Provo Mayor John Curtis released a statement Tuesday evening to say the city is extending its resources and prayers to Orem.

“Our hearts goes out to the families of the victims, the larger Mountain View family and all of our friends in the Orem community,” the statement reads. “What happens there affects us all in a real way.”

Eight Provo Police Department officers were at the high school Tuesday, along with five victim advocates.

Alpine School District brought in counselors for both the students and staff. After a few days, Stephenson said the impact of a situation like the stabbing starts to hit home for the teachers. 

“It is sometimes easy to forget that emotional toll a situation like this can have on the adults,” Stephenson said. “The adults have to go through that situation and they too need the support network.”

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