Stabbing Suspect Arrested In Kansas
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Lincoln, NE-KMTV Action 3 News is learning more about a stabbing at a Lincoln high school. Authorities say it appears to be random and unprovoked.
Police believe after 16-year-old Sarah Piccolo stabbed another student, she drove more than 200 miles in a 1992 Buick to Woodson County, Kansas. That's where authorities finally caught her.
Students at Lincoln Pius X High School say they feel safer now that Sarah Piccolo is behind bars, but that they won't be letting their guards down.
It was, class as usual at Lincoln Pius Tuesday morning.
"As normal as we could, but just a lot of tension." says Superintendent Jim Meysenburg.
Tension after what happened there Monday.
"I went to the restroom every morning before I came to class and then just kind of nervous." says senior Linh Tren.
Lincoln Police say 16-year-old Sarah Piccolo attacked 17-year-old Ellie Kopetzky as she walked into the restroom Monday morning.
"Let's not make judgments about Sarah or pretend we know reasons why or motives we don't. Let's just pray for her and hope for the best and most especially her safety." says Rev. Meysenburg.
Police say Piccolo used a knife and hammer in the attack. Surveillance video shows her leaving the school and driving away in a 1992 Buick.
After her arrest Tuesday morning, Superintendent Meysenburg sent out an email to students and parents, calming students who were already on edge.
"I have to walk to school from the bus station to the school, and then whenever I saw a car, I thought it was Sarah's car." says Tren.
"Know I'm kind of afraid to walk in the restroom again alone." says senior Summer Nyguen.
Piccolo is facing charges of First Degree Assault and Use of a Deadly Weapon to Commit a Felony.
The family of Ellie Kopetzky released a statement today saying:
"Our family is happy to report that our daughter Ellen has returned home to continue her recovery. We're overwhelmed by the kindness of our community in this difficult moment.
Today, we are rejoicing that Sarah Piccolo has been found, and that she is safe. We are continuing our prayers for her and her family. We hope that she will be treated with respect, with charity, and with dignity. We pray especially that the Piccolo family will be supported by this community as we have been.
We're grateful for the leadership and support of the administration and staff of St. Pius X High School. Surely, God will "restore all things in Christ."
We ask you to continue to respect our privacy as our family moves forward from this incident." --The Kopetzky family