Police say students’ actions may have prevented stabbing

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – East Aurora Police say two students may have prevented another student from being stabbed.

The incident happened on Monday around 1:15 p.m. at East Aurora High School. Police say a 17-year-old junior brought a four-inch paring knife to school. That alone in a village often described as quiet and cozy.

East Aurora Police Lt. Jack Wolff said, “We don’t have a lot of incidents in our schools but certainly no one is immune to the epidemic that’s plaguing our country.”

During a study session in an English class, a student noticed the 17-year-old and believed he was going to stab another student. Police say that student threw his backpack at him and another student put him in a headlock.

“The students were sitting at various desks and one student observed another student approach a student who was seated near the window with a knife,” Lt. Wolff said. “Two students became involved. One student threw the backpack when the other student realized what was going on and was seated nearby he jumped in grabbed the individual with the knife, placed him in a headlock and held his wrists that was holding the knife.”

The teen with the knife is being held without bail until his court appearance on Friday. Police say they have no idea why he was trying to hurt the other student. Officers say he shut down and wouldn’t talk when he got to the police station.

The East Aurora superintendent wasn’t available for comment on Thursday, but released a statement, saying, in part, “We will be working with the family and law enforcement on the appropriate next steps in this matter to ensure the safety of everyone at the high school is protected.”

Police say they are glad that two quick thinking students prevented anyone from getting hurt.

“Those are decisions people have to make on their own. We tell this all the time in these scenarios. The students decided to take action that day and obviously it saved injury to a person,” Lt. Wolff said.

The student will be eligible for youthful offender status; it will be up to the judge if he will receive it.

On Thursday, all high school students participated in a forum to review safety protocols.

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