Police apprehend suspect in stabbing attack at high school in Montreal

The suspect in a stabbing attack at a high school in Montreal has been arrested and taken into custody. A man armed with a knife attacked students Thursday morning at Loyola High School in the Plateau-Mont-Royal district, according to the Montreal Gazette.

The victim, a teacher, suffered multiple minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Students told the paper that they heard yelling before they fled the school.

A suspect was quickly identified by police, and the high school was then placed in lockdown, the school principal told reporters.

“Everyone is safe,” school principal Robert Power told reporters Thursday morning, according to the Montreal Gazette. “We hope that these individuals are caught. We are very grateful to the teacher and everyone for their bravery during this ordeal.”

The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, also thanked the police for their quick action.

Proud of all the efforts to prevent violence today. Gives us a warm and close-knit feeling as we prepare to celebrate our Canada Day tomorrow. https://t.co/3fjlAM9KLZ — Valérie Plante (@ValeriePlante) July 27, 2017

The stabbing suspect was described as a young man between 14 and 18 years old, according to local media. Police were still on scene at the school on Thursday afternoon and it was unclear what prompted the attack.

The high school was previously the scene of a shooting, in 2009, when two teenage students were killed. The school has since undergone renovations.

The suspect in Thursday’s attack has not yet been named, but police told local media they believe the suspect knows the teacher.

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