Assault at Tupper secondary puts school in lock down

Police looking for three female suspects

Sir Charles Tupper secondary school was locked down Monday afternoon after a teenage girl was injured and taken to hospital following an altercation with three other females.

Early this afternoon three people entered into the schoolI dont know the specifics of these people, they confronted a female student and they used some sort of knife or blade and they did cut the female student and cut her hair as well, explained Vancouver School Board spokesman Kurt Heinrich.

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Heinrich said the injury wasnt life threatening and he believes only a few stitches were needed, but details about the incident are still to come.

The injured student, 14, was initially looked after in Tuppers first aid room, according to Heinrich. She was later taken to B.C. Childrens Hospital.

The police were called and immediately the school went into Code Red where the school is locked down so you cant get in or out and all classrooms are locked down as well, Heinrich said.

Police search classroom-by-classroom in Code Reds to ensure the safety of students and staff.

David Livingstone elementary, which is nearby Tupper, was under a Code Yellow, which prevents people from entering or leaving the school.

The Vancouver Police Department called the injury a minor wound and indicated in a press release that the three suspects have not been located, but theyre all in their mid-teens. One had a medium build and was wearing a long blue skirt. The second one had a slim build, was wearing light-coloured jeans, had short black hair and she smelled of marijuana and alcohol. The third suspect was possibly Asian and was wearing grey skater-type shoes and black pants, according to police. Investigators are looking into the possible motive for the assault.

Police chief Jim Chu is a graduate of Tupper secondary. The school hit the headlines in 2003 after Jomar Lanot, a 17-year-old Tupper secondary student, was killed off school grounds.

More details to come.

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