LYNN, MASS. (WHDH) - A staff member was taken to a local hospital after being stabbed by a student at KIPP Academy in Lynn Monday, police said. 

Lynn police said the staff member was stabbed multiple times, suffering non-life-threatening injuries around 10 a.m. A suspect, identified as 18-year-old Larnel Jean Eustach of Chelsea, left the school before officers arrived but was arrested after a short foot pursuit, according to police. 

“I think he waited until first period ended to go for her, ran to the fourth floor and then attacked her and then ran outside back to the first floor to leave the school,” said sophomore Adrain Caraballo.

Freshman Jason Che said “everybody was locked in their classrooms” for roughly three hours after the incident. 

“We couldn’t really go anywhere,” Che said. “Occasionally we could use the bathroom and they would bring us snacks and stuff.”

Students were eventually dismissed early. 

KIPP Massachusetts Executive Director Nikki Barnes addressed the situation in a statement, saying families were notified and the campus was placed in “a secure and hold status in order to maintain the safety of all.” 

“There is no active threat at this time on campus,” Barnes said.

“The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority,” Barnes continued. “We will continue to partner with the Lynn Police Department and to prioritize student and staff safety and well being.”

Barnes said school officials are mobilizing counseling and additional support services for students, faculty and staff, with plans to continue providing services in the days ahead.

Lynn police said Eustach has been charged with assault with intent to murder, mayhem, assault with a dangerous weapon and “other related offenses.” 

Police said their investigation was ongoing but said they were not seeking any additional suspects as of Monday afternoon.

SKY7-HD flying over the scene near 12:30 p.m. spotted a visible police presence on the KIPP Academy campus.

“There is no reasonable reason as to why he did what he did,” Caraballo said. 

“I was kind of surprised and shocked that that really happened,” Che said. “I didn’t really expect it from this school. That’s one of the reasons why I came here — I thought it was going to be a safe place.”

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