University High School stabbing

News tonight is that a 15-year-old student is dead at University High School after being stabbed by a 17-year-old with a pocket knife.

The final fight happened at their bus stop, but the argument started at lunchtime. The kid might have gotten away if other students and the school resource officers (can anyone here tell me what a “resource officer” is?) hadn’t pointed him out as he tried to escape.

For those of you who are coming to MB Orlando after hearing this news story, University High School is one of the more upscale schools in the county, consistently ranked near the top of standardized testing for as long as I can remember. It only makes the shock that much more deep for everyone living around University. One law enforcement officer on the scene was blaming the American culture of violence–video games, etc.–for the rise in violence at schools, which would actually explain why school shootings and killings are happening in all economic situations across the board. But I don’t think the answer is that easy.

I know some of our readers, and our bloggers, will send their kids to school tomorrow morning with their hearts in their throat.

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