Spring, Texas A fight inside a Houston-area high school escalated into a series of stabbings on Wednesday that killed a 17-year-old student and wounded several others, sheriff's officials said.
Three students described as "persons of interest" were taken into custody after the fight in the cafeteria at Spring High School, about 20 miles north of Houston. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said authorities were not searching for any other suspects and that everyone involved in the fight were students from the school district.
"We believe a confrontation of some sort occurred ... that ultimately led into a physical confrontation that produced weapons," Garcia said. "There has been some information that this may have been gang related."
Two victims were hospitalized with minor injuries. A third, identified only as a 16-year-old, was in surgery. No other information was available on the teenager who was killed.
Garcia said a "cutting instrument" was used in the attack but offered no details.
Some parents said the fight was the continuation of a disturbance that broke out Tuesday. Officials at the school, which has about 3,000 students, would not confirm their comments.
"Every parent sends their child to school believing school should be one of those safe haven places," Spring Independent School District Superintendent Ralph Draper said. "This is what we spend our nights and days working toward and what I lose sleep over.