‘I’m holding it together as much as I can’: Aptos High parents worry over kids safety

Peninsula Premier Admin

Sheriff Jim Hart confirmed Tuesday night that the student who was stabbed, died from his wounds. A stunning announcement that shocked and saddened the entire Aptos community.The victim was a senior at Aptos High School. The suspects are two boys, one freshman and one senior. They’ve both been detained and booked into juvenile hall, charged with murder.All three are minors and for that reason, the sheriff is not releasing any names.As for a motive— sheriffs say they’re still looking for answers.Tuesday night’s news conference covered a tense and chilling day at Aptos High School.“When I saw those cops and I know just this world we’re living in right now. I knew it was a high school and I can’t believe it’s come to Aptos,” said one parent, Coleen Rifkind.Around 2:20 pm on Tuesday is when Santa Cruz police received a call involving a stabbing at the school. Within minutes they were on scene and found one student, a 17-year-old senior, with multiple stab wounds by the pool.The school was immediately put into lockdown, leaving parents frantic.Brenda Gieseke, a parent who was waiting for her child for hours said, “All I was thinking ‘where is she?’ Making sure she’s OK and then she said she was in the classroom and I told her to ‘stay there with the teacher.’ She said ‘the doors locked.’”Another parent, Cynthia Silvia said, “it’s frustrating ya know, I’m holding it together as much as I can.”Parents were instructed to wait at Cabrillo College. Finally, hours later around 6 p.m, the lockdown was lifted and parents were reunited with their children.School will be canceled the following two days, Wednesday and Thursday. Counseling will also be provided to any students who may need it.Sheriffs also said they believe cellphone video of the incident may exist and are asking parents and students to please come forward with it.If anyone has any information, you’re asked to please call detective Burnette: 831-454-7702

Sheriff Jim Hart confirmed Tuesday night that the student who was stabbed, died from his wounds. A stunning announcement that shocked and saddened the entire Aptos community.

The victim was a senior at Aptos High School. The suspects are two boys, one freshman and one senior. They’ve both been detained and booked into juvenile hall, charged with murder.

Advertisement

All three are minors and for that reason, the sheriff is not releasing any names.

As for a motive— sheriffs say they’re still looking for answers.

Tuesday night’s news conference covered a tense and chilling day at Aptos High School.

“When I saw those cops and I know just this world we’re living in right now. I knew it was a high school and I can’t believe it’s come to Aptos,” said one parent, Coleen Rifkind.

Around 2:20 pm on Tuesday is when Santa Cruz police received a call involving a stabbing at the school. Within minutes they were on scene and found one student, a 17-year-old senior, with multiple stab wounds by the pool.

The school was immediately put into lockdown, leaving parents frantic.

Brenda Gieseke, a parent who was waiting for her child for hours said, “All I was thinking ‘where is she?’ Making sure she’s OK and then she said she was in the classroom and I told her to ‘stay there with the teacher.’ She said ‘the doors locked.’”

Another parent, Cynthia Silvia said, “it’s frustrating ya know, I’m holding it together as much as I can.”

Parents were instructed to wait at Cabrillo College. Finally, hours later around 6 p.m, the lockdown was lifted and parents were reunited with their children.

School will be canceled the following two days, Wednesday and Thursday. Counseling will also be provided to any students who may need it.

Sheriffs also said they believe cellphone video of the incident may exist and are asking parents and students to please come forward with it.

If anyone has any information, you’re asked to please call detective Burnette: 831-454-7702

Contributed by local news sources

Next Post

Mom and daughters create their own hair wrap business

August is National Black-owned business month — and one New Mexico business is set out to inspire. When it comes to products to help protect hair, there are plenty. But for Juperi Johnson and her daughters, creating a hair wrap that worked for their hair type became their business.”When we […]