WARREN, MI – Students who were witness to the stabbing at Fitzgerald High School in Warren this morning have stated there was no fight that took place but that the victim, Dayonna Gibson, was attacked by the 17-year-old suspect.
Police stated that the incident was over a boy at the school. At approximately 8:30AM on September 12th, 2019, Dayonna Gibson was stabbed twice by another female student in the chest with what is described as a steak knife. She was transported to St. John’s Hospital where she died about an hour later.
It has been reported that the suspect, a 17-year-old girl, was in a vicious loud fight over a boy with Gibson. The suspect used a steak knife to stab the 16-year-old victim. Warren police have taken the suspect into custody and they also spoke with the boy involved. No other students were injured.
A student who was a witness to the stabbing had this to say on social media:
The incident that occurred in my classroom today was not a provoked attack, there was no argument that lead up to this. She was killed in cold blood for no reason other than being friends with a boy. Witnessing this was something I had never wanted to experience, but I did and it’s only right for people to know the truth and not an article with only slight facts. Please do not believe that this was a provoked attack, she was doing nothing but her work when she was attacked. R.I.P
The school was placed into lock down status until the incident was resolved.
Both Dayonna Gibson and the suspect were reported as straight A students.
Some 30 students and a teacher were present at the time of the incident. The school was closed for the rest of the day Wednesday and classes are cancelled for Thursday as well. Grief counseling will be provided to students.
A statement was released by the Warren Schools Superintendent
We are deeply saddened to share that the Fitzgerald High School student who was stabbed this morning passed away at the hospital. Our hearts and prayers go out to the student’s family and we offer our deepest sympathy.
Students at Fitzgerald High School were released at 10 a.m. this morning. On Thursday, September 13th, Fitzgerald High School will be closed however the middle school and elementary schools will be open. At the High School we have deployed additional counselors, psychologists and social workers for students and staff who need support during this difficult time. Students and their parents may come to the High School between the hours of 8am and 2pm for support and assistance. We are working very closely with the police department on this matter as well as conducting an internal school review of the incident which will review all our current safety procedures and protocols. This is a time of mourning for the Fitzgerald Community and we ask for you to respect the privacy of the victim’s family. Please check Facebook and our website for updates.
Laurie Fournier, Superintendent