Update: Suspect In School Stabbing Released

By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email
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The Kopetzky family issued the following statement Monday:

Ellen was taken for medical treatment, and is recovering with her family. We’re blessed by the outreach of friends in our community and across the country. Thank you for your prayers, your compassion, and your well-wishes. By God’s grace, Ellen will recover.

We ask you to join us in prayer for Sarah Piccolo 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 love of God can conquer all things.

Thank you for all that you have done for us. At this time, we ask that you respect the privacy of our family as Ellen recovers.



--The Kopetzky family.

A 16-year-old girl suspected of attacking a classmate at a Lincoln high school has been released from jail.

A judge set a $10,000 personal recognizance bond Friday for Sarah Piccolo. It means she must promise to show up for court.

She was taken into custody Tuesday night in Woodson County, Kansas by officers responding to a report of someone with car trouble.

Lancaster County Court records say Piccolo is being charged as an adult with first-degree assault and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

The knife and hammer attack occurred Monday morning inside a school bathroom. The victim, 17-year-old Ellen Kopetzky, has been released from Bryan LGH-West after surgery for facial wounds. She had a laceration to the inside of her top lip, a laceration to her chin, blunt-force trauma to the head and cuts on both hands.

A woman at a Kansas motel said Piccolo told her she was being bullied at school. The Star Motel manager, who only gave her first name Jackie, said Piccolo arrived at the motel about 9:30 p.m. Monday. "She was such a sweet little girl."

Jackie said she could tell the teenager had a lot on her mind. "And when she told me she was 16 I said girl what is wrong? Did you run away from home? She said yes and started crying and I held her."

Jackie said she offered to call her parents, but said Sarah asked her to call police. "And that's when she said she'd been bullied and said she did some things she wished she'd never done. And all she could do was cry."

She didn't mention who was the bully. Jackie asked the girl if she had a weapon. "And she said yes, I've got a knife in my purse and I said you need to give that to them." Jackie described it as a hunting knife. Jackie watched as police also found a long butcher knife and a screwdriver in the car Piccolo was driving.

Ellen Kopetzky

According to an arrest affidavit, Kopetzy was in her guidance counselor's office Monday morning. At approximately 9:45 a.m. she crossed the hall to use the restroom. When she entered the restroom she was attacked by a girl armed with a knife and what appeared to be a large stick.

The affidavit states the attacker was swinging wildly at her with the knife and stick, but never said a word. The victim screamed for help and a school staff member was able to get her out of the restroom to safety.

Authorities found a hunting-style knife with an eight-inch serrated blade and a hammer in the restroom. School surveillance video showed the assailant leaving the west side of the building. The staff member that came to Kopetzky's rescue recognized the girl in the video as Piccolo.

Kopetzky said she did not know her assailant by name, but recognized her as a student at Pius. When shown a picture of Piccolo, she identified her as the girl who had attacked her.

Pius X administrators announced Piccolo's capture over the school's PA system Wednesday morning. Students said they couldn't believe the news.

Lincoln police have said they do not have a motive in this case. Pius X administrators have said they have no knowledge that the girls even knew each other.

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