A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after he surrendered to police on Sept 23 for a stabbing at a school near Don Mills and York Mills roads.
Tips from eye witnesses helped lead to the suspect’s arrest, police said.
A student at George S. Henry Academy was stabbed in the chest several times in front of the school on Sept. 23 at 11:40 a.m.
Toronto Police Supt. Neil Corrigan said the student told school administration he was stabbed. They contacted police and put the school in lockdown mode. Rene Gordon Academy, a nearby school, was placed under a hold and secure as a precaution for a few hours.
The victim, 17, has serious but non-life threatening injuries. He is expected to survive.
According to police, the victim and suspect knew each other.
“Other events prior to today led to the stabbing,” Corrigan said.
Corrigan said police are looking at surveillance footage from the area and are asking witnesses who took any video or pictures to come forward to police.
Police have a school resource officer stationed at George S. Henry Academy but he was not present at the time of the stabbing because he was on other duties.
The suspect has also been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons dangerous to the public.
He appeared in court on Sept. 24 and can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
This is the second stabbing at a Toronto high school this school year. On Sept. 8 a student was stabbed at Central Technical School. Three suspects are facing charges including, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in that case.
Corrigan said the community needs to work together to stop violent incidents from happening at schools.
“All of us need to work together as a community to prevent these types of offences,” Corrigan said. “We need to tell our teachers and we need to tell our police when there are acts of violence that may lead up to these offences.”
School board communications Officer Ryan Bird said schools, like any other places in the city, are susceptible to violent crime and the board works closely with Toronto police to help prevent it.