NHS reacts to stabbing at area high school

The stabbing of a teenage girl in Milford has greatly impacted the citizens of Naugatuck and the students of Naugatuck High School.
“I was surprised,” said Sara Marques, a sophomore at NaugatuNHSgreyhoundlogock High School. “I don’t know why he did it, but this makes me feel as if I should be cautious about who I talk to.”
Sixteen-year-old Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death in a hallway of Jonathan Law High School in Milford on April 25, the day of the school’s junior prom.
The New York Times stated that the authorities arrested a 16-year-old male student and charged him as a juvenile with murder, and the police said they were looking into reports that a dispute about the prom prompted the attack.
According to the Times, Chief Keith Mello of the Milford Police Department said that officials had not made any rulings on possible motives, but that investigators were looking into reports that the victim had declined an invitation to the prom from the suspect, whose name the authorities did not release because he is a minor. The prom was postponed.
“This event has heightened my awareness as a school resource officer,” said Officer Bryan Coney of the Naugatuck Police Department. “It made me realize that anything can happen. It doesn’t matter what the town or setting is; as an officer, we need to be alert and understand that these types of incidents happen, and they can happen anywhere.”
Officer Coney has children who, along with many others at NHS, attended at least one of the school’s proms this year. Along with the obvious excitement, a slight tension now drifts through the air at the school.
“No one should have to suffer that way,” said Enzo Pereira, a junior at Naugatuck High. Pereira attended the high school’s junior prom on May 2. “It just seems crazy, to say the least.”
“You hear about things like this in school and it’s just like, why would someone do that? Why?” said Heyi Cheng, a sophomore.
The students are not the only ones who feel the pain and uncertainty. Parents all across Connecticut and even the nation are undoubtedly holding their children just a little bit closer after this incident.
“I think as a parent it’s a rough situation seeing as I just had two kids attend prom,” said Coney. “You just hope that your kid can have a normal high school experience and not have to worry about denying someone … telling someone no and having them retaliate in the way that the kid allegedly did in Milford. To have something happen like that, as a parent, is a rough experience. You never think it would happen to your child, but it’s always in the back of your mind.”

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