RALEIGH, NC – A North Carolina high school was the scene of a horrifying incident on Monday, with a stabbing leading to the death of one student and injury to another. The violent episode occurred in the gym of Southeast Raleigh High School during the morning session.
A juvenile, whose connection to the school remains unknown, is currently in police custody as a suspect in the incident, as reported by Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson.
While the identity of the deceased student has been kept confidential by the authorities, the injured student is in the hospital, fortunately with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Patterson.
In a joint press conference with Patterson, Wake County Superintendent Robert Taylor expressed his concern over the incident, emphasizing the importance of schools as safe environments for students and staff. He assured that the incident will prompt a thorough review of the school’s safety measures and protocols.
Dublin was engulfed in chaos following a violent riot that broke out in response to a stabbing incident near Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire primary school, where an alleged immigrant attacked three children and a school care assistant, leaving a five-year-old girl in critical condition.
Irish police arrested 34 people in the aftermath of the riot, which saw a police officer seriously injured, 11 police cars damaged, and significant destruction to 13 shops. Public transport was also targeted, with a Luas tram and several buses set on fire.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar estimated the damages from the riot to be in the tens of millions. The violence escalated as protesters and rioters gathered in the city center, throwing objects at police, smashing windows, and setting vehicles ablaze. A video circulating on social media showed a mob chasing an individual amid shouts of aggression.
Garda Chief Superintendent Patrick McMenamin condemned the riot as “gratuitous thuggery,” stating it had no connection to the afternoon’s stabbing. Commissioner Drew Harris suggested an “element of radicalization” in the riot.
The stabbing suspect, a man in his 50s and a naturalized Irish citizen of 20 years remains in serious condition in a hospital. Passers-by subdued him, including a Brazilian immigrant Deliveroo driver, Caio Benicio, who has been hailed as a hero.
Varadkar, addressing the dual nature of the attacks, described them as a disgrace to society and a violation of the rule of law. He reassured the nation, emphasizing that such violence does not represent the Irish people.
The incident highlights the increasing tensions in Ireland over immigration, with asylum applications reaching a 20-year high. The government’s struggle to accommodate asylum seekers has led to temporary solutions like housing in hotels and tents and even considerations of floating hotels and ships. This has sparked several anti-immigration protests.