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Teen faces slew of charges in Pickering high school stabbing

Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 5:43 pm EDT

A 14-year-old girl is facing over a dozen charges after allegedly stabbing students and staff members at a high school in Pickering.

Five students and two teachers at Dunbarton High School were hurt but only four were sent to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not considered serious, Durham police said Wednesday.

“Obviously it’s a bit unsettling,” John Legere, the superintendent for Pickering schools at the Durham District School Board, told reporters on Wednesday.

Students and staff are returning to school after the incident, he said, and support and counselling are available. Both of the injured teachers and three of the injured students returned to class, the board said.

“We can’t thank our school board staff enough for their support and our police partners as well. We’re trying to return to normal at Dunbarton,” Legere said.

The teen has been charged with assault, six counts of assault causing bodily harm, seven counts of assault with a weapon, and possessing weapons dangerous. She will remain in custody until a bail hearing on March 1.

Emergency crews were called to Dunbarton High School around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. When police arrived, the teen was taken into custody.

Police praised the quick action of two staff members who wrestled the suspect to the ground and held her down until police arrived.

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Students told CityNews the Grade 9 student had two large steak knives.

There was no known motive for the attack. However, a blog believed to have been posted by the girl talks about being bullied, suicide, and having an urge to carry out a school stabbing.

Correction: On Tuesday, police had said nine people were injured, six of them being students.