EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. - A 15-year-old male student is accused of stabbing a classmate -- possibly with scissors -- at Battle Mountain High School in Eagle County on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
At about 2:05 p.m., the victim, also a 15-year-old boy, came into the high school nurse's office bleeding from a chest wound, Eagle County Undersheriff Mike McWilliam said in a news release. The boy said he was stabbed by another student in a school restroom between classes.
A school resource officer at the school learned the suspect, a teen boy from Edwards, had already fled the high school, which is located at 151 Miller Ranch Road just outside of Edwards.
The stabbing victim was transported by ambulance to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released, McWilliam said.
School staff recovered a bloody pair of scissors at the school and turned it over to the Sheriff’s Office. It was being examined as the possible weapon in the attack, McWilliam said.
Law enforcement officers found the teen suspect about 3:10 p.m. walking along railroad tracks about 1 mile west of Edwards, McWilliam said.
He was arrested on investigation of felony assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury, McWilliam said.
The boy was taken to the Eagle County Detention Facility and then transported to the Mount View Juvenile Detention Facility in Denver, where he will be held until a judge determines his further detention.
The boy was already on probation for a previous assault, McWilliam said.
High school officials notified parents, students and teachers about the stabbing. The suspect was suspended from school with a recommendation of expulsion, McWilliam said.
Officials asked anyone with information about the suspect or this crime is asked to call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at 970- 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS. People can also submit tips online at www.tipsubmit.com, or send a tip from a cellphone by texting STOPCRIME plus the message to CRIMES (274637).