High School Student Stabbed, Another Detained in Mission Viejo

By Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis
Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times. He has been a journalist for six years, during which time he has broken several viral national news stories and has been interviewed for his work on both radio and internet shows.
February 25, 2022Updated: February 25, 2022

MISSION VIEJO, Calif.—High School students were ordered to shelter in place in Mission Viejo on Feb. 25 following a stabbing that left one student hospitalized and another student in custody, authorities said.

Deputies responded to Trabuco Hills High School at 1:00 p.m. where they located the unidentified male victim involved in the stabbing, Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) spokesman Ryan Anderson told The Epoch Times.

Two male students got into a fight that escalated into a stabbing, Anderson said. After rendering medical aid, the victim was transported to a local area hospital.

The injuries are not life-threatening, Principal Alicia Foulk said in a statement sent to The Epoch Times by Saddleback Unified Valley School District, which oversees the high school.

One male suspect was taken into custody, Anderson said.

The school was initially placed on lockdown, and shifted to a shelter-in-place, where instruction continued to occur, the district said. The shelter-in-place was lifted at 3:35 p.m.

Deputies do not believe there are any more outstanding suspects, Anderson said.

“The safety of our students is always our first priority. We thank our community for being patient as we worked with the OCSD to investigate the matter so that we could inform you accurately and as information became available,” the district said in a statement.

An investigation by the sheriff’s department is still ongoing, though the school confirmed the incident was not related to the mask mandate.