3 teens stabbed outside Felix Varela Senior High School

Victims attacked student who fought back with knife, authorities say

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Three teenagers were stabbed Monday during a fight in the parking lot of Felix Varela Senior High School in southwest Miami-Dade County, authorities said.

Jackie Calzadilla, a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said three teenage boys approached a Felix Varela student who was sitting in his car around 2:30 p.m. near the school in the 15200 block of Southwest 96th Street.

A fight ensued and the Felix Varela student pulled out a knife and stabbed the other teens just as students and staff were leaving the campus for the day, Calzadilla said. 

"Following a thorough investigation involving interviews with witnesses and involved parties, it was determined that the hospitalized victims were the main aggressors," Calzadilla said.

She said all four teenagers will face charges. The victims will be charged with burglary and battery while the Felix Varela student will be charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds.

The teenagers enrolled in Miami-Dade schools will also be disciplined according to the code of student conduct.

Two of the victims attend another public school in Miami-Dade County while the third boy no longer attends public school in the county, Calzadilla said.

The victims traveled to the school to confront the student as part an ongoing dispute, Calzadilla said. School officials called the fight an isolated incident and said the high school will operate as normal Tuesday. Extra police officers will be assigned to the school Tuesday as a precaution, Calzadilla said.

Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said the school's district police officers responded quickly to the scene.

"The officer nearby was able to offer assistance and respond to the scene," said Miami-Dade County Public School police Chief Ediwn Lopez.

Paramedics transported one victim to Kendall Regional Medical Center's trauma center and the others to another local hospital, where they were listed in stable condition.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools police and Miami-Dade County police closed off streets in the area as they investigated.