Student arrested after stabbing at Stafford high school

STAFFORD, TX According to Stafford Municipal School District (SMSD) Superintendent H.D. Chambers, during a class period change at about 8:20am, two 17-year-old students got into a confrontation about a girl. One of the boys reportedly produced a screwdriver and stabbed the other teen in the abdomen four times, puncturing the victim's lungs.

The injured student, who has been identified as Aaron Escobedo, was transported to Hermann Memorial Hospital with four puncture wounds. Escobedo is in serious condition.

Chambers said, "These types of events serve as a reminder for all school districts to continuously be on guard for incidents such as this. SMSD is proud of the priority and efforts placed on the safety and security for our students and staff. We will continue to work tirelessly to continue that emphasis as we learn from this and continue providing the greatest amount of safety and security measures possible."

Emmanuel Lopez was immediately placed in Stafford Police custody by officers assigned to the school district. He was transported to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's office and is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Because Lopez is 17 years old, he will be charged as an adult.

The school was in a shelter-in-place from 8:40am to 9:40am while police conducted their investigation. Added security and administrative support have been put in place at the campus. Counseling was provided for any student requesting it.

Stafford high school's code of conduct says screwdrivers are not among the items banned from the campus.

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