Student stabbed at Northeast Middle School has died

The Kansas City Police Department said a student stabbed Tuesday morning at a Kansas City middle school has died. Emergency crews were called to Northeast Middle School in the 4900 block of Independence Avenue, near Chelsea and Brighton avenues, shortly after 9 am Investigators said a male student had been stabilized and was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. About 8:15 pm, police announced the student had died. Police did not release the identity of the victim.Authorities said a person of interest was in custody — that individual was also a male student.”What we can gather is there was some sort of confrontation that led up to this event,” a police spokesperson told KMBC. That confrontation and stabbing happened in a school bathroom. Northeast Middle School serves seventh and eighth grades. Mayor Quinton Lucas made a statement on the incident shortly after it occurred. School superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell sent a letter home to parents and guardians, “It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that our Northeast Middle School (NEMS) student has passed away from today’s incident. At this time, we will wait for KCPD to release the student’s name to allow the family some time to grieve privately. We will do everything we can to make sure we support the families who are involved in this tragedy through this difficult time.”I am devastated for our students, our families and our NEMS community. Tomorrow, we will have additional counselors and clinicians at NEMS to provide support for students and staff. We know this news may affect you, as you are part of the KCPS family. We are working to make sure every school has the resources they need to support students and staff this week. I trust our trauma team to lead this work as we move forward together.”Our students need us – now more than ever. Tomorrow, we start the difficult work of helping students and staff process grievance and loss. I need you with Team KCPS to support our students and each other.”An earlier letter to parents said the district was working with police to reopen the school Wednesday with additional security officers in the building.Counselors will also be on hand.

The Kansas City Police Department said a student stabbed Tuesday morning at a Kansas City middle school has died.

Emergency crews were called to Northeast Middle School in the 4900 block of Independence Avenue, near Chelsea and Brighton avenues, shortly after 9 am

Investigators said a male student had been stabbed and was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. About 8:15 pm, police announced the student had died. Police did not release the identity of the victim.

Authorities said a person of interest was in custody — that individual was also a male student.

“What we can gather is there was some sort of confrontation that led up to this event,” a police spokesperson told KMBC.

That confrontation and stabbing happened in a school bathroom.

Northeast Middle School serves seventh and eighth grades.

Mayor Quinton Lucas made a statement on the incident shortly after it occurred.

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School superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell sends a letter home to parents and guardians,

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that our Northeast Middle School (NEMS) student has passed away from today’s incident. At this time, we will wait for KCPD to release the student’s name to allow the family some time to grieve privately. We will do everything we can to make sure we support the families who are involved in this tragedy through this difficult time.

“I am devastated for our students, our families and our NEMS community. Tomorrow, we will have additional counselors and clinicians at NEMS to provide support for students and staff. We know this news may affect you, as you are part of the KCPS family We are working to make sure every school has the resources they need to support students and staff this week.

“Our students need us – now more than ever. Tomorrow, we start the difficult work of helping students and staff process grievance and loss. I need you with Team KCPS to support our students and each other.”

An earlier letter to parents said the district was working with police to reopen the school Wednesday with additional security officers in the building.

Counselors will also be on hand.

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