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UPDATE: Juvenile in custody after student stabbed at Adams HS

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 11:43 AM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - John Adams High School in South Bend was on lockdown Tuesday morning after South Bend Community School Corporation officials say a student was stabbed there.

South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski says the victim, who is a minor and a student, is being treated at the hospital and is in stable condition.

The department said one juvenile was taken into custody and is currently being detained at the Juvenile Justice Center, awaiting formal charges from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.

District officials and police say the stabbing happened around 8 a.m. before the school day started. The circumstances around it haven’t been released at this time. The lockdown was lifted at 11:30 a.m.

A school resource officer called for backup after the stabbing occurred. Ruszkowski says the school resource officer did everything he was supposed to do in that situation.

Police believe there’s only one victim. One juvenile is in custody at the Juvenile Justice Center awaiting formal charges.

There are also representatives from the Juvenile Justice Center coming on board with the investigation, should any charges come from this.

“I just hope my kid is safe, and the people who are hurt are going to be okay, and all this craziness can stop,” Brian J. Sandock, a parent of an Adams High School student.

“Our thoughts and our hearts go out to the family, as well as all the families that were impacted today by the lockdown,” says Dr. Todd Cummings, SBCSC superintendent. “We’ve notified our families. We will be releasing more information as it becomes available.”

Police say they fielded questions about school lockdowns.

“There’s two reasons: obviously, for safety reasons, and then secondarily, we’re in the process of an investigation. We don’t want to contaminate a crime scene, and we have other people to interview. And we don’t want them walking out or walking away,” Ruszkowski explained.

On Tuesday afternoon, South Bend Police released a statement to Facebook:

“The lockdown at John Adams High School has been lifted following this morning’s incident.

An important reminder: lockdowns are put in place to keep everyone safe. They also help provide our officers a secure environment to carry out investigations, locate suspects, preserve crime scenes and talk to witnesses.

Our department is aware of posts circulating on social media, questioning the length of the lockdown. Please note, the South Bend Police Department worked in real time with the school corporation and John Adams High School administration to lift the lockdown as quickly as possible, and when safe and feasible to do so.

We recognize events such as this can spur a lot of emotions. However, conflicting information posted to social media forums created additional confusion and frustration, and it’s important for us to communicate the importance of keeping the/any scene secure.

Safety will always come first.

The South Bend Police Department’s Detective Bureau is continuing to investigate and we will provide updates once we are able to do so.”

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