POLK COUNTY, Fl.a – On Wednesday, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 15-year-old Aalijah Parker of Winter Haven after he stabbed a 14-year-old male student at Westwood Middle School in Winter Haven.
Parker is being charged with multiple felonies.
The 14-year-old victim was transported to an area hospital, and the parents have been notified.
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At around 1:09 p.m., deputies responded to Westwood Middle School in Winter Haven to the report of a student being stabbed.
Westwood Middle School immediately went lockdown while deputies searched for the suspect.
Deputies learned that Parker and the victim were fighting on campus when Parker stabbed the victim with a fixed-blade kitchen knife. Parker then fled the school campus and was located and arrested at about 1:43 p.m. at a relative’s home nearby.
Westwood Middle School lifted the lockdown at around 2:00 p.m.
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Parker told deputies he threw the knife behind a trailer in the area and then took deputies to the location. The deputies found the knife exactly where Parker said it would be.
“This is outrageous violent criminal behavior that we are not going to tolerate. This student is facing some serious felony charges. I’m proud of the partnership we have with Polk County Public Schools and my deputies’ quick actions. Our prayers are with the victim and we are hoping for a fast recovery,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.
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