According to ABC KTXS 12, a school resource officer from Abilene High School, located at 2905 North 6th Street, called for police assistance around 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 16th. Reportedly, a student of the high school allegedly stabbed two other male students on the west side of the cafeteria, outside.
Authorities reported the alleged suspect, another male student, was suspended from the school earlier this week and the two victims were allegedly targeted. The alleged perpetrator was seen by witnesses running from the scene, but was located and apprehended at 8:36 a.m.
Abilene Police Department will have increased security throughout the rest of the school day.
Abilene ISD stated that they are unaware of what caused the incident and do not know the extent of the injuries the two boys sustained.
Attorney contributor to the Legal Herald, Marc Lenahan, speaks for victims of violent crimes. Below, he contributed his own advice for victims and their families should they choose to pursue a civil lawsuit. Lenahan does not represent any of the victims in this case.
"In every state, property owners are held responsible for the safety of their visitors and guests. Although, crimes like stabbings are often preventable by the property owner taking proper security measures. An owner can be found to be negligible if safety features fail or were ignored.
Security efforts of the owners are usually, but not limited to, providing well-lit areas in parking lots, security officers, and video cameras. The owner will be held liable if a crime is committed and a victim sustains injuries, if the security systems fail.
Victims and their families may be entitled to compensation after speaking with a civil litigation attorney. The attorney will need to prove that the property owner played a role in their part of the crime against a victim of a stabbing or other violent crime. Extensive research into the why and who of the crime will need to be conducted. If a property owner believed a crime happened prior to the recent stabbing and failed to improve security, the property owner is responsible for a reasonably foreseeable crime," explains Attorney Lenahan.
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