Los Angeles Times

Boy, 16, is fatally stabbed in class

Fight involved two juniors and a freshman at a Santa Rosa high school, police say.


A 16-year-old student was killed Wednesday in a stabbing at a Santa Rosa high school, city police officials said.

The incident occurred around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Montgomery High School when two teen boys, juniors at the school, walked into a classroom and began assaulting a freshman, Santa Rosa Police Chief John Cregan said at a news conference streamed by the Press Democrat newspaper.

School faculty attempted to break up the fight, but the freshman allegedly pulled out a 3- to 4-inch-long folding knife and stabbed both juniors.

The two injured students left the classroom and headed to the school nurse. Both were conscious when police arrived at the scene.

One of the students suffered multiple stab wounds to his upper body and died at a hospital. The other student, who was expected to survive, suffered a stab wound to his left hand, officials said.

San Francisco news station KGO reported that family identified the deceased student as Jayden Pienta. Soon after the killing, a memorial to Pienta had sprung up on campus.

The 15-year-old freshman reportedly fled the campus after the fight but was found nearby and arrested.

“It appears that there had been some previous altercatio­ns between these students,” Cregan said at the news conference.

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