Security added at Burke a day after stabbing incident

Published: Oct. 10, 2018 at 8:42 AM CDT
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Omaha Police put an extra layer of security in place at Burke High School Wednesday, a day after a stabbing incident that sent two students to the hospital with critical injuries.

Police say a 16-year-old boy stabbed Lacey Paige, 15, and then cut himself on Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities were alerted to the incident at 2:28 p.m.

Both students were transported in critical condition and both underwent surgery. They were each listed in serious condition Wednesday.

The school was briefly on lockdown. Police eventually ushered students out of the building.

Wednesday got off to a quiet start at Burke. An Omaha Police cruiser was stationed right outside the front door of the school.

We spoke with one student who said he wasn't worried about heading back to class Wednesday but it was nice to see the added police presence.

Burke sent the follow-up message below to families of students Tuesday:

Dear Burke Families:I wanted to provide an update on the situation that happened at Burke today. I first want to commend our students for how they responded to the situation today. Their maturity and ability to follow important instructions from staff were evident.We continue to work with the families of the students involved in the situation today. We also continue to cooperate with law enforcement as they continue their investigation. This was an isolated incident and not related to any previous rumored threats. We appreciate your support in guiding students in making good choices and not sharing unsubstantiated information.School will continue as normal as possible tomorrow. The scheduled PSAT for tomorrow has been postponed until Oct. 24 alternative date.The Omaha Police Department will have additional officers at school to ensure a smooth transition back to class. We will also have additional counselors available to support students.All OPS schools regularly practice safety drills, including lockdown procedures. Our students did a phenomenal job of doing what they have practiced and following directions from staff. We emphasize that the safety of students and staff is our top priority.If you have any additional questions, please contact the school at (402) 557-3200.Sincerely,Gaye Lannan, Principal Omaha Burke High School