A student was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital after being stabbed outside of North Park High School in Opa-locka Tuesday morning.
According to Local 10 News, Chief James Dobson said the stabbing occurred when two 18-year-old students got into a heated argument before school. Derion Lamar Howell pulled out a 4-inch pocket knife and stabbed another student in the stomach outside of the school located at 3400 NW 135th St.
The victim has been identified as Al-Yonni Canez Aumeus and is reported to be in stable condition.
“He was alert, but they felt that he needed to be airlifted for the severities of his injuries,” Dobson said to Local 10 News.
“It was a verbal altercation outside the school in the school parking lot. The suspect stabbed the victim in the abdomen. He left the scene and was apprehended by school security and my officers,” Dobson said to the Miami Herald.
Howell was taken into custody after the incident and is expected to face charges. At this time it is still unclear what sparked the argument.
This is the first time something like this has happened at the school. It was placed on lockdown following the stabbing, but the lockdown has since been lifted.
Online records suggest that this isn’t Howell’s first run-in with trouble. With this morning’s arrest that puts the teen at eight over the last two years. He’s had a misdemeanor marijuana possession, withheld adjudication with fines for battery on a law enforcement officer, and petit theft.