The families of two Snohomish (Wash.) High School freshmen girls who were repeatedly stabbed by another student at the school last October have filed a lawsuit against the Snohomish School District and against a local hospital that evaluated and released the girls' attacker.
The lawsuit alleges that the district and Fairfax Hospital failed to take steps to prevent the brutal stabbing, which took place Oct. 24, 2011, in a Snohomish High School bathroom.
The stabbing victims, both girls aged 14, were both stabbed several times with a kitchen knife wielded by another girl, aged 15.
One of the victims, April Lutz, was stabbed more than a dozen times and nearly died from the attack, according to the lawsuit. One wound came within a half inch of a crucial artery and her heart stopped at least twice on the way to the hospital, according to her doctors.
The second student, Becka, also was stabbed multiple times, resulting in severe wounds to her back and arm that required many stitches, according to the complaint.
“The victims' wounds were very serious, and the emotional scars of this brutal attack run even deeper,” said attorney Sim Osborn, who is representing the families of the victims.
Osborn called the stabbings a "preventable tragedy." He said the school and the hospital knew that the girls' attacker harbored violent impulses, yet they allowed her to have "free reign on campus."