A student stabbed a teacher Wednesday at alternative Midrose High School in Santa Rosa, police said, leading to an hourslong lockdown at both Midrose and Elsie Allen high schools before police took the youth into custody at a nearby home.
Apparently unprovoked, the 16-year-old boy approached his teacher from behind in a classroom toward the end of the lunch break and attacked him with a mechanical pencil as a handful of other students looked on, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Dave Linscomb said.
Instructor Tyler Ahlborn suffered wounds to his forehead, neck and arm, injuries that police said were not life-threatening.
Stabbing On Elsie Allen High School Campus
“Not in my career have I seen something like this,” said Elsie Allen Principal Mary Gail Stablein, who acts as co-principal for Midrose.
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital officials said Ahlborn was treated and released Wednesday.
The 12:50 p.m. incident occurred at the end of the lunch break toward the north end of the Elsie Allen campus in an area that houses Midrose, a small alternative school for students trying to make up academic credits. The suspect, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, attends Midrose, which has about 70 students.
During the brief and bloody attack, another student tried to intervene and “pull the teacher and the other kid apart,” Linscomb said.
That student wasn't hurt in the scuffle, and the teacher and the boy who attacked him both fled out of the classroom and into a courtyard. The teacher called 911. Students who witnessed the attack told police they saw the boy head north to a gate in the campus fence that led into the Bellevue Ranch neighborhood, Linscomb said.
Police found the teen about three blocks north of campus at a relative's home on Silver Spur Drive.