Northwood High School in Silver Spring
SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- A local high school student is recovering from stab wounds after she tried to help a friend who was getting attacked in a school parking lot.
The violence broke out after a basketball game at Northwood High School in Silver Spring. The 17 year-old Blair High School student is not suffering from life-threatening injuries. This incident is the latest in a string of violent crimes committed by young women against other young women.
Northwood High School senior Ruben Gilbert was playing basketball in last night's game against Kennedy when he heard that a girl from Montgomery Blair was stabbed.
"We all went out back and saw the girl getting into the ambulance. Crazy. It was wild that they would take it that far and stab a girl in the back. It was a shame, a real shame," he said.
Students carried letters home explaining the outburst of violence that brought police to this parking lot at Northwood High School and they also heard an announcement from their principal.
"He said he was proud to be our principal of Northwood High School and we didn't have any involvement in it. It was just Blair and Kennedy," said a student.
According to police, the victim is a student at Montgomery Blair High School, also in Silver Spring. She was attending a basketball game at Northwood, during which an argument broke out. The simmering dispute boiled over in the parking lot.
"When she left the building, she observed one of her female friends already engaged in an altercation with several other female students. She tried to quell this fight by stepping in and at that time, she got stabbed by an unknown female," said Officer Janelle Smith of the Montgomery County Police Department.
Female on female violence has become a grim reality. In March, Brittany Norwood violently stabbed and beat her lululemon co-worker Jayna Murray to death in a crime that unnerved Bethesda and beyond.
In September, 19 year-old Bowie State University student Alexis Simpson allegedly stabbed her roommate to death. 18 year-old Dominique Frasier was reportedly killed over a disagreement about music playing on an ipod.
And last month, a fight at a party left a Frostburg State University sophomore dead and another student charged with her stabbing death. 19 year old Kortneigh McCoy was killed, allegedly at the hands of 23 year-old Shenae Liggins.
"It's not new. It's pretty much not new. It's probably about something like talking to someone else's boyfriend or somebody talking about something outside of school," said a former student.
Police are looking for two female suspects-both are Kennedy High School students and neither was at school. A Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman said "We're upset. This is not acceptable behavior. Anyone bringing a weapon to school or to a school event will face consequences. It is a serious violation of school policy."