Girl in serious condition after stabbing at Montrose school |

Girl in serious condition after stabbing at Montrose school

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

MONTROSE, Colo. ” A Montrose High School student was in serious condition after she was stabbed in a crowded school hallway Tuesday, but officials said her prognosis was good.

The girl was attacked at about 8 a.m. before classes began, Montrose County School District spokeswoman Linda Gann said.

Police Chief Tom Chinn said a male suspect was arrested moments later after running from the scene. He said investigators don’t know the motive for the attack or whether the victim and the assailant knew each other.

The suspect’s name hasn’t been released. Montrose School Superintendent George Voorhis said the suspect wasn’t enrolled at the high school. He said the suspect had been in other placements, including alternative school and in Grand Junction.

Chinn said the girl was stabbed with a type of straightedge, but he declined to give any other details.

Gann said the girl “is out of surgery and in serious condition with a favorable outlook.”

The Montrose Daily Press identified the victim as 17-year-old Mallory Haulman, daughter of Daily Press Production Manager Denny Haulman.

The 1,400-student school about 175 miles southwest of Denver was placed on lockdown until the suspect was arrested, and then students were sent home early in their own cars, on buses or with their parents.

Gann said the school would reopen Wednesday with counselors available to the students.

Because the hallway was so full at the time of the stabbing, “there were quite a few students who witnessed the attack, which is of course very troubling to those of us who care about children,” Gann said.

She credited school staffers for quickly tending to the bleeding girl.

“There was some real heroism on the part our staff members who assisted the victim until medical personnel could arrive,” Gann said.

Voorhis said the school is reviewing its surveillance video.

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