A teenage girl suspected of stabbing another student at Lincoln Pius X High School has been tracked down in southeast Kansas, authorities said Tuesday.
Lincoln police spokeswoman Katie Flood said the suspect was found around 10 a.m. Tuesday in Woodson County, Kan. Officers there had been notified about someone with car trouble, and they found the girl.
The Associated Press is not using the girl's name because the AP generally doesn't identify juveniles accused of crimes.
She was being held in a juvenile detention facility until she could be taken back to Lincoln.
The stabbing attack occurred Monday morning inside a bathroom at the parochial school, which has nearly 1,100 students.
The victim was identified as 17-year-old Ellen Kopetzky.
Kopetzky was hit twice in the head with a claw hammer and was cut around her mouth and chin and on her hands, Flood said. Police found an 8-inch-long knife and a hammer! at the school.
On Monday evening, Kopetzky's family said she'd had surgery and was expected to recover.
Her family also issued a statement asking people to pray for the suspect and her family.
"We pray that she may be treated with respect and with mercy, and that our community will also support her family," the Kopetzkys said.
The school went into its "code red" procedures about 9:40 a.m. Monday, right after Kopetzky yelled for help and was taken by a teacher to the main office, Principal Tom Korta said. Teachers locked their classroom doors and turned off the lights. Students in the commons area went into a closet that could be locked while police searched the school.
Other staff members kept watch on the school's exterior doors.
Officials haven't been able to find any link between Kopetzky and the suspect, and Flood said investigators still don't know what motivated the assault. The girl has no criminal record.
"Her actions, base! d on talking with friends and family, were completely out of character," Flood said.
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