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Student killed in stabbing at Leduc area high school

Last Updated Mar 15, 2021 at 9:09 pm MDT

LEDUC, Alta. – A student has died after being stabbed at a school in the City of Leduc, just south of Edmonton.

The 17-year-old girl was airlifted to the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton Monday, but was declared dead shortly before 3 p.m.

RCMP says they responded to a violent assault at Christ the King School around 10 a.m. and the man believed to be responsible had left the school.

Police located a 19-year-old man not long after and took him into custody.

WATCH: RCMP speak to the media after the death of a 17-year-old girl at a Leduc-area school.

Bob Young, the mayor of Leduc, says all schools in the area were locked down following the stabbing Monday morning.

“When you think of what the family must be going through, you think of the staff and students and the teachers. I was a teacher for 36 years and I just can’t imagine what having an incident like this at your school, what it would do to you.”

He says it happened at the Christ the King School, which has about 350 students in grades 9 to 12.