15-year-old in custody following fatal stabbing at California high school

A 15-year-old boy has been charged following a fatal stabbing at a high school.

Police were alerted to a fight on the campus of Montgomery High School. According to an update provided by police, two 16-year-old male students, who were juniors, entered an art classroom and confronted a 15-year-old male freshman student, resulting in an argument among the three teens. The teacher and three aides briefly managed to break up the fight, but soon after the freshman student produced a knife and stabbed both of the 16-year-old students.

The injured students left the classroom, evaluated their wounds, and went to see the nurse. Police met with the two students, who were alert and conscious when they provided their initial statements.

One of the 16-year-old stabbing victims sustained at least one stab wound and is expected to recover, while the other, identified as Jayden Pienta, was pronounced dead at the hospital after sustaining at least three stab wounds.

The 15-year-old suspect fled from the school following the fight. However, he was apprehended without incident and taken into custody. The suspect has been charged with homicide, attempted homicide, felony weapon possession on a school campus, and misdemeanor battery on a school campus, and has been booked into the Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Center. His identity has been withheld.

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