Teen Stabbed across from Wilson HS

According to an alert issued by the Metropolitan Police Department, a stabbing took place Wednesday afternoon at 3:36 p.m. in front of the Sears Home Appliance Showroom on 40th Street. Hours later the sidewalk remained cordoned off as police investigated the incident.

The unidentified victim was a Wilson High School student who sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the attack, which took place across the street from the high school.

MPD issued a lookout for two light complexioned Hispanic youths, one of whom was reported to be 5’6″ tall, weighing 120 pounds and wearing a black and green jacket, while the other was described as weighing 130-140 pounds.

The stabbing, while it occurred off school grounds, comes on the heels of the discovery of a gun on campus in December, sparking concern about student safety. The stabbing also follows two others in October and November, one of which involved a teenager, that took place at the nearby Tenleytown-AU Metro station.

In a message to the Wilson High School Community, Principal Kimberly Martin reassured parents and students that “the safety of all Wilson High School students is our top priority,” and that counselors would be available to students who may have witnessed the incident.

Tenleytown, D.C. will have more details as they become available.


Message from Principal Kimberly Martin, January 20, 2016:

Dear Members of the Wilson High School Community:

At Wilson High School, we highly value and are committed to fostering a learning environment where students feel safe and secure.  We also want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.

Today after dismissal, one of our students was injured in an altercation near the TenleyTown-American University Metro station.  Thankfully, his injuries are not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.  However, it is possible that your child may have witnessed or heard about this incident and is experiencing emotions such as fear, sadness, or anxiety.  Please know that we have counselors on site that are available to support any students in need.  While I cannot share any further details, as doing so may impede the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) investigation, I want to assure you that the safety of all Wilson High School students is our top priority, and we remain committed to ensuring that your students are safe.

Thank you again for your cooperation and support.

Sincerely,

Kimberly J. Martin,
Principal, Wilson High School
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