OREM, Utah — A straight A student went on a bloody rampage at a Utah school, slashing five of his classmates before stabbing himself, police said.
The mayhem began around 8 a.m. when the 16-year-old sophomore began hacking away at students in the Mountain View High School locker room, Police Chief Gary Giles said. The boy then stabbed himself.
Staff members then confronted the student and boxed him into a small area in the locker room, before a school police officer arrived and jolted the boy with a Taser and took him into custody.
“There are a lot of different things we need to look at for a motive,” Giles said. “Was it a fight, is it somebody upset with somebody, is there more to it?”
He said the stab wounds, made with a three inch blade, were mostly to the victims’’ necks and torsos. None of their injuries, or that of the suspect, are considered life threatening.
School officials said the suspect was a new student who had been home-schooled prior to this school year and had no prior disciplinary issues.
“At this point we are just trying to piece this all together,” Giles said. “Hopefully at some point within the next few days we will have some answers.
The suspect’s parents said in a statement that they were at a loss as to what drove their son to commit such a violent act.
“None of the victims had done anything to hurt him. This was in no way a racially or ethnically motivated. We are at a loss to express how deeply sorry we are for the pain and injury caused. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the boys and their families,” the statement read.