Student witness: 'Blood was gushing'
Mia Meixner, a student who saw the stabbing has just had an incredibly powerful interview on CNN with our colleague Wolf Blitzer.
Here’s how she described this morning’s horror.
I was at my locker and I heard a big commotion from behind my back. I turned around and I saw two kids on the ground and I thought it was just a fight at first. And then I saw blood. And I saw the kid who was stabbing people get up and run away.
Then the freshman who was on the ground got up and lifted up his shirt and you could see he was like hit with a knife and was gushing blood everywhere. Three kids from our school ran over to his aid, they were like all right we need to get a nurse and started screaming. So they took him to the nurse.
And then there was a senior girl who I know, she also was like in the crossfire of him stabbing people and so she was standing by the cafeteria doors and I think I was the first to see her and she was gushing blood down her arm.
I dropped my books that I was holding and I ran over to her and I asked her if she was OK and if she needed help and I told her we should take her to the nurse and we would get her help.
Then I started hearing a stampede of students coming down from the other end of the hall screaming “Get out!” “We need to leave!” “There’s a kid with a knife!” and then a teacher came over to me and the girl I was trying to help and she said she would handle the girl and that I should run out. And I just ran out of the school and tried to get out as soon as possible.
Mia said this of the suspect, a 16-year-old sophomore:
He was very quiet. He just was kind of doing it and he had a look on his face like he was just crazy. He was just running around stabbing whoever was in his way.
Mia has had classes with the suspect. She said: “He was more shy, he kept to himself a lot. He didn't have that many friends that I know of but I also don’t know of him getting bullied that much, I've actually never heard of him getting bullied. He just was kind of shyer and didn’t talk to many people.”
Mia told Wolf: “I’m getting along, I’m OK with everything that happened. It’s very scary and it’s scary that it happened at my school because you would never have thought that anything like this would happen at our school like this but I’m dealing with it well. I’ll be OK.”