14-year-old accused of stabbing fellow teen in Gowanda
GOWANDA — A 14-year-old Gowanda girl is in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times from the upper leg to the neck by another 14-year-old girl on Chestnut Street. Gowanda Police state that the stabbing occurred at 8:06 p.m. Wednesday.
The assailant used a steak knife, police say, and was charged with first-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Gowanda patrolman Randall responded to the report of a stabbing and found the victim laying in the snow bank bleeding profusely from the neck. Upon arrival, Randall provided first aid until Gowanda Ambulance arrived.
“With his first-aid training, he was able to, we believe, save her life,” Gowanda Officer-In-Charge Dennis Feldmann said of Randall.
Gowanda Ambulance transported the victim to Lake Shore Hospital and then to Women and Children’s Hospital due to the extent of the injury.
The assailant was placed in juvenile detention and due to age, her name is not being released.
Gowanda Police believe that the assault stemmed from social media and texting threats.
Gowanda Interim Superintendent Dr. Robert Anderson gave a statement through the school’s Facebook page to acknowledge the incident and to calm the students and parents of the district:
“Last night in the village, two high school students were involved in a physical altercation where one student was stabbed multiple times. The injured student is in stable condition in the hospital while the other student is in police custody. After the incident, via social media, it was reported that a third HS student made threats against the school. These allegations were investigated by the NYS Police and found to be false. However, all such threats and rumors of threats are taken seriously and investigated by the District with direct involvement with our SRO and law enforcement.
“There is no threat to the District nor staff/students from last night’s incident. This afternoon you will observe GPD/State Police at our entrances. This is precautionary and mostly designed to alleviate fear.”
Gowanda Police added that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police assisted with the incident.