UPDATE: Milford police chief Keith Mello says student has died.
The prom has been postponed.
Police would not speculate on the prom date report, but they are investigating that angle. “We’ll get the bottom of it or how it happened or why it happened,” Mello said.
Assault happened in hallway. Part of the attack was seen by a teacher.
Confirmed the victim is Maren Sanchez, 16.
The boy who attacked her is unidentified. He is 16.
The teen is in custody.
School was very secure.
School was not equipped with metal detectors.
Counseling made available for students, staff.
The school was dismissed early so police could investigate.
Mello stressed it was an isolated incident.
No plans for memorial service yet.
MILFORD– A female Jonathan Law High School student was stabbed shortly after 7 AM in what sources say was a dispute over a prom date.
Several sources said a boy stabbed the girl because she won’t go to the prom with him. Police have not confirmed that report.
The school’s prom is scheduled for tonight at Vazzano’s Four Seasons banquet hall in Stratford. There was no word on whether the prom would still go on.
The student, a junior at the school, has been taken to Bridgeport Hospital. One source said the student was slashed in the throat and is in critical condition.
Several students identified the girl who was stabbed as Maren Sanchez.
Some students, holding hands and crying, say the girl who was stabbed is in “really bad” shape.
The stabbing triggered a lock down at the school and later an early dismissal at 9 AM.
Milford police remain at the school and have blocked off areas of the parking lot.
Police and school officials remain on the scene.
After hearing the news a number of parents rushed to the school to get information.
Police are assuring the parents that students are safe.
Fire Capt. Gregory Carman said fire crews were dispatched to the Lansdale Avenue school on a report of a stabbing.
Jonathan Law Principal Fran Thompson sent a message to parents saying there was a physical altercation between two students at the school, and one student required medical attention and was transported to a local hospital.
Milford police chief and school superintendent are coming to scene of JLHS stabbing to brief large media contingent.
We’ll be filing updates on this developing story.