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Knife-wielding Connecticut teen faces serious charges

One teenage student is dead after a knife attack at her high school. Connecticut police arrested the student accused of attacking her, and he is currently being held at a medical facility while awaiting his arraignment. He is now facing serious charges for the death of his fellow high school student.

A staff member at the school witnessed at least some of the attack on the 17-year-old girl. She was attacked in the stairwell by a male student who was wielding a knife, and he caused what authorities say were "multiple lacerations" on the girl. Although the motive behind the boy's attack is not entirely clear, some believe that he may have been angry after the girl refused to attend prom as his date.

Police arrested the boy at the school and also recovered a knife at the scene of the attack. Both school employees and EMTs worked to save the teenage girl's life, but she later died at a local hospital less than an hour after the attack. The school has since postponed the prom and made grief counseling available to students who may need it.

It has not been decided whether the teenage boy who wielded a knife against his fellow student will be charged as an adult. With such serious charges lobbied against him, the outcome of his case has the ability to change the course of the remainder of his life. In Connecticut, at 16 years old, he may be tried as either a juvenile or an adult. His defense team may push for him to be tried in juvenile court in order to hopefully garner a better outcome for the young teen.

Source: CNN, "Teen killed in Connecticut school assault", Lena Jakobsson and Greg Botelho, April 26, 2014

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