Two students were injured when another student pulled out a knife at a Prince George's County high school during a fight, police say.
Three students were arguing about a girl and the argument led to a fight in a hallway at Central High School in Capitol Heights, police said.
Police said 19-year-old Edwin Aguilar Martinez took out a small knife during the fight and stabbed two freshmen.
The students are stable at a hospital and have non-life threatening injuries, police said Thursday night.
Martinez, a junior at the school, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and is also facing a weapons charge, police said.
"It is a serious matter that this wounding occurred in the school," Prince George's County Police Chief Henry Stawinski said at a press conference.
A school resource officer initially responded to the fight. The school was briefly on lockdown after the fight.
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Officers brought a trauma kit to the scene and immediately provided advanced first aid, Stawinski said.
Police initially told News4 that three people were injured, but at a news conference could not confirm if the student who had the knife was injured.
Students and staff are were temporarily not allowed on campus, but the situation is now "stable and calm," Stawinski said. There are no ongoing fights, according to police.
Senior Xavier Williams expressed surprise at the double stabbing.
"I know the person that was in the incident, so I'm just like, wow," he said. "I'm shocked."
Additional officers stayed at the school through the day, police said.
Police video released with a brief Twitter statement about the assault shows three emergency vehicles, including an ambulance, on the scene.
Police said they are investigating what led to the fight and how it escalated into a double stabbing.
Parents said text messages from their children would have made a big difference to them.
"In situations like this, each kid should be allowed to contact their parents and say, 'I'm OK, Mom. I'm OK, Dad,'" Angela Dancy.
She was among the parents who gathered outside the school wondering about their children's well-being.
"I'm so angry because his phone is always on, and it's at this moment that his phone is not on," Dancy said.
"Obviously, there's no longer a threat because the person was apprehended," Vincentia Lawrence said. "Communicate with the parents by way of text message, email, something. Let us know something."
Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell said the school system doesn't operate the way colleges do. When there are incidents like this, the school system doesn't send countywide text messages to parents. Parents told News4 it's something the school system should consider.
"When schools are closing early or are going to be delayed or are going to be closed, I receive a text message," Lawrence said. "I didn't receive anything about this."