6 Utah high school students stabbed, including teen suspect

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Nov 15 (Reuters) - Five students were stabbed inside a Utah high school boys' locker room on Tuesday before the 16-year-old male suspect turned the weapon on himself, school officials said.

The incident at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah, occurred just before 8 a.m. MT (1500 GMT) as the students were getting ready for a physical education class. It prompted a brief lockdown of the school, the Alpine School District said in a statement.

The stabbing suspect was subdued by a stun gun and apprehended by a school resource officer. He and the victims were transported to local hospitals, the district said.

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The victims suffered wounds to their necks and upper torsos, Orem police chief Gary Giles told a news conference. The weapon was a knife with a 3-inch blade and the condition of the victims ranged from fair to critical, he added.

Giles said police had yet to determine a motive and said they would not release the names of the students involved because they are juveniles.

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Families reunite outside Mountain View High School after several students were stabbed inside their high school Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Orem. A 16-year-old boy identified as a suspect was taken into custody, police said. The stabbings of the male students at about 8 a.m. at Mountain View High School happened near the school's gym in Orem, a city of about 90,000 people about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Families reunite outside Mountain View High School after five students were stabbed inside their high school Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Orem. A 16-year-old boy identified as a suspect was taken into custody, police said. The stabbings of the male students at about 8 a.m. at Mountain View High School happened near the school's gym in Orem, a city of about 90,000 people about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Families reunite outside Mountain View High School after five students were stabbed inside their high school Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Orem. A 16-year-old boy identified as a suspect was taken into custody, police said. The stabbings of the male students at about 8 a.m. at Mountain View High School happened near the school's gym in Orem, a city of about 90,000 people about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, authorities said. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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The suspect was described as a sophomore who had joined the school only this year after previously being home schooled. He was a straight-A student who had no prior disciplinary issues, the district's Kimberly Bird said.

Students will be released to their parents later in the day, police said.

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