Joshua Broussard, a 16-year-old student, was stabbed to death when a fight erupted early Wednesday morning at a Houston-area high school.
According to police, the violence began just after 7 a.m. at Spring High School, when a number of students got involved in a fight that resulted in multiple stabbings and injuries.
Reporters on the scene spoke to Jason Broussard, the father of the sophomore Joshua, who said his son was an innocent bystander, and a victim of racial violence.
Clearly in a state of shock, the grieving father said, “How could I have changed this day?” He added that he wished he could turn back the hands of time.
The school was placed under lockdown shortly after the incident, with students safely remaining in classrooms until buses took the students to another location where parents could come collect their children.
Three suspects are being held in police custody over the bloody incident. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says investigators are questioning them, and that no additional suspects are being sought at this time.
Pictures from the incident show police taking away suspects in handcuffs, as well as many students and community members mourning the event. Police do not know at this time if the incident was the result of gang violence, but community members were quick to voice opinions both ways.
A dispatcher said the injured students were both airlifted and transported via ambulance to a nearby Houston hospital.
Students held up in classrooms tweeted about the incident, with one student posting a photo to Twitter of what appears to be blood on the floors of the high school. Other students offered their condolences and thoughts, some more negative than others:
Someone got stabbed? Oh, I feel safe at Spring— Marissa Jackson (@Marrryessa) September 4, 2013
This sentiment was echoed by community members, with one parent saying: "There's been fights, there's been gangs, I hear all kind of things from my daughter about this school."
"Second week of school &somebody [sic] got stabbed," one student said. "I'm done with this f*** a** school."
(Image: David J. Phillip/AP)