Student killed, others during Texas high school fight


by staff

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 1:00 PM

SPRING, Texas – Life Flight was called to Spring High School early Wednesday following a violent fight on campus, a hospital spokesman said.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office later confirmed one person was dead.

A 16-year-old boy was flown by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is in critical condition, the hospital confirmed.

A Life Flight spokesman said several other people were reportedly injured.

An adult was wheeled out of the hospital on a stretcher about two hours after the incident. It's not clear if that case is related to the fight.

Unconfirmed reports on Twitter indicated the injuries occurred during a possible gang fight in the school's cafeteria.

The incident was reported shortly after 7 a.m. at the school on I-45 and Cypresswood.

At 8:15 a.m., Air 11 captured video of two men being taken into custody in handcuffs outside the school.

As of 9:30 a.m. a lockdown continued, and parents were being kept away from the campus.

Students inside told parents by phone and text that they would be released at 10 a.m. to the Conn's parking lot across the street, but the district has not confirmed that.

Many parents were frustrated by the lack of information from Spring ISD.

KHOU 11 News Reporter Jeremy Desel spoke with parents who gathered at a Sonic across the street from the school.

“Well, number one we’re concerned about our kids. One of my kids was kind of there in the area when they seen it and they’re frantic and scared, and here the police are telling us to move our vehicles,” Kenneth said. “(My son) told me that he was scared and he wants to come home. We can all understand at this point, right?”

The father said his son described the scene to him, saying the incident appeared to happen in a back hallway.

“They were walking out of the area when it happened, but they sent pictures to me of all the blood everywhere. All they texted and told me was one died and, out of the total, five were stabbed. All students.” Parents of the students who were affected have all been notified, administrators said.

The worried father said he had three kids -- one freshman and two seniors -- at the school and he shared what he was going to say to his kids when he could finally wrap his arms around them.

"That I love them, that I was there, even though I couldn't get them," he said through tears. 

“I’m just trying to make sure that my child is OK,” said Jan, whose son is a junior at the school.  “I’ve actually texted and I’ve actually called, they are receiving phone calls.  They are in their first-period class and everything is calm.”

Spring ISD police officers told the family members that parents of students involved in the fight had been notified and there was no need for the others to worry.

"It’s unbelievable, but it seems like it’s a very controlled situation and I’m actually going to go to work.  There is nothing I can do out here, I just wanted to make sure they are safe,” Jan said.

Check back for updates to this developing story.....