A Maryland high school locked down Wednesday when a student from another school showed up with a knife.
Students at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac were returning from lunch and testing about 11:25 a.m. Wednesday when a female student was assaulted near the bus loop outside the main entrance, according to school officials.
When a parent and a student intervened to help the girl, the assailant brandished a knife and threatened them before running away, police said.
Churchill principal John Taylor emailed families about the incident Wednesday afternoon, writing, “We entered into a shelter-in-place for the afternoon in order to notify staff and implement our emergency protocols to help secure the building.”
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Parents who spoke to News4 Thursday said they feel school staff handled the situation appropriately.
Police identified the suspect as a 17-year-old student from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. He was taken into custody at a home in Potomac.
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Police said the girl’s injuries were minor.