Two students were stabbed at Mililani High School this morning, and police have taken the suspect, also a student, into custody.
The school went on lockdown after police responded to a report of a stabbing at about 10:15 a.m.
An Emergency Medical Services report said two children — a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl — were apparently stabbed in the upper body. They were treated and transported in serious condition to a hospital.
The two are expected to survive, Shayne Enright, spokeswoman for the Honolulu Emergency Services Department, told the Associated Press.
Lindsay Chambers, a state Department of Education spokeswoman, said the school released students early at 11:30 a.m. after the incident. Parents were directed to the school’s gymnasium and Meheula Parkway for police-facilitated pickups, she said.
Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said in a statement that the department’s priority is supporting the students and families of those affected by today’s incident.
“We are committed to ensuring that our schools continue to be safe spaces for learning, and as such the well-being of our students and staff remains our highest priority,” she said. “This is an evolving situation and we ask that the public please refrain from spreading misinformation.
“We will continue to update parents and the school community with further details as they become available.”
School Principal Fred Murphy sent a letter to parents notifying them of the “unfortunate incident” on campus “resulting in two students being injured and another student being apprehended by police.”
He said to protect student privacy, he could not give any details on the incident.
Murphy said the school will be open as usual on Tuesday but will have additional security personnel and Honolulu police officers on campus, as well as additional counselors.
“Parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s behavior and mood over the next few weeks. If you notice any changes or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our school,” Murphy wrote. “My priority in the coming days will be to support those which been impacted and our school community.”