Student in critical condition after stabbing outside Pinecrest HS

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Friday, April 28, 2023
1 student stabbed outside high school in Southern Pines
A person was injured Friday morning before classes started at Pinecrest High School.

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WTVD) -- A person was injured Friday morning before classes started at Pinecrest High School.

Principal Stefanie Phillips sent a message to families stating that an "incident" happened in the auditorium parking lot. She went on to say all students were safe and accounted for but the school was in a "modified lockdown" at one time. That lockdown has since been lifted.

Moore County Schools described the incident as a "serious assault." Southern Pine Police Department confirmed a student was stabbed in the parking lot.

Moore County Schools said the suspect is in custody. ABC11 has learned the victim has been airlifted to UNC and is in critical condition.

The school operated on a normal schedule for the remainder of the day.

ABC11 got reaction from a parent and student about the stabbing.

"I pray the condition of the child she's ok. He or she. I'm not sure," said Brittany Labston, the parent of a student at Pinecrest High School. "It just makes you feel bad when you send your kids to school thinking they'll be safe at school and this type of thing happens."

"It's beyond me. I mean you come to school every day to get your education and have fun with friends. Kids get stabbed at school. It's unacceptable. You just never know. So crazy nowadays," said one student.

Pinecrest High School is part of Moore County Schools. It is located off Voit Gilmore Lane in Southern Pines.

This lockdown event comes just a day after Middle Creek High School went on a lockdown because a student brought a BB gun onto campus. No students were injured, but the 17-year-old who brought the weapon is now facing juvenile crimes.

The student who brought a BB gun to Middle Creek High School sparking a Code Red lockdown Thursday morning now faces juvenile petition.