PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — Police in Parma Heights are investigating the stabbing of a teacher by one of the students at the Positive Education Program Phoenix school on Wednesday.
School officals say the stabbing happened during an instructional activity involving cutting vegetables. A student grabbed a knife and stabbed a 44-year-old female staff member.
Police attempted to place the 18-year-old male suspect under arrest but he resisted to the point where they were forced to use a taser. The student suspect was not injured, but school officials stated that the student will not be returning to the school after the incident.
Parma Heights Police report that the stabbing victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. PEP Phoenix officials say she is recovering.
The cause of the stabbing attack is still being investigated and the male suspect has not yet been charged. The case is being reviewed by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.
Below is the complete statement from Positive Education Program:
During an instructional activity involving cutting vegetables at PEP Phoenix in Parma Heights, a student impulsively grabbed a knife and stabbed a staff member. Staff followed all crisis protocols and quickly detained the student. The police were notified, the student was arrested, and the student will not be returning to this school. The staff member received first aid and was quickly transported to a hospital, received treatment and is recovering. Positive Education Program’s crisis team immediately responded to the school to assess the needs of staff and students and provided immediate support and counseling, which is ongoing. As always, the safety of our students and our staff continues to be our top priority.