OREM, Utah (AP) — Police say the suspect in the stabbing of five students at a Utah high school campus was a 16-year-old boy in his first year at the campus in Orem after being home-schooled.
They said Tuesday the suspect had stabbed himself in the neck and was cornered by school workers until a police officer assigned to Mountain View High School subdued him with a Taser shot.
Authorities did not identify the suspect by name because of his age.
The five victims are all expected to survive, hospital officials said. The two most seriously injured were in critical condition, bu considered stable.
The attack that spread fear and panic among students who described a gruesome scene immediately after the stabbings.
Police said the knife used in the attack had a 3-inch blade. All of the victims were stabbed at least once.
The stabbings of the male students at about 8 a.m. at Mountain View High School happened near the school’s gym in Orem, a city of about 90,000 people about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, authorities said.
The school was put on lockdown after the stabbings for about an hour. Students were later allowed to remain in school or leave for the day.
Dozens of parents arrived at the school to take their children home.