Boy, 16, stabs 5 students at Utah high school before stabbing self: officials

OREM, Utah — A 16-year-old boy stabbed five other students at a Utah high school Tuesday morning before stabbing himself, officials said.

The student suspected of the attack has been arrested and the victims' injuries are not life-threatening, ranging from critical to fair, police say. The victims suffered stabbed wounds to the neck and upper torso, Orem police chief Gary Giles said at a news conference.

Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah is pictured in August 2012. (Google Maps)

Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah is pictured in May 2016. (Google Maps)

According to a Facebook post from Utah's Alpine School District, the stabbing occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday in the boys' locker room at Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah.

The suspect was arrested after school staff boxed him into a corner of the locker room, Giles told reporters. A school resource officer then used a taser on the suspect to disarm him and take him into custody.

"Had it not been for the quick reaction of the high school staff, the situation certainly could have been much worse," Giles said.

Police say they still do not know the motive for the attack and will not release the suspect's name because of his age.

The school was put on lockdown Tuesday morning while officials ensured the school's safety, Orem Police Department said on Twitter. Parents were able to pick up their kids a few hours after the incident while classes resumed as normal.

Following a news conference Tuesday, police chief Gary Giles headed to the hospital to speak with the stabbing victims and their families, police say.

Police on Twitter released a letter from the suspect's parents, apologizing to the "five boys who were harmed at Mountain View High School."

"None of the victims had done anything to hurt him. This was in no way racially or ethnically motivated," the handwritten note reads. "We are at a loss to express how deeply sorry we are for the pain and injury caused. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the boys and their families."