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Snohomish High Stabbing Victims Sue District, Hospital

Ann Dornfeld

The families of two girls who were stabbed by another girl at Snohomish High School last fall have filed suit against the district and a Kirkland hospital.


The families say the district and the hospital knew the attacker was homicidal and that she shouldn't have been allowed back in school. She had been expelled from Snohomish the previous school year for threatening to kill a student's boyfriend.

The complaint alleges that Fairfax Hospital treated the attacker for mental illness for less than a week and that the girl didn't participate in treatment.

According to the complaint, the hospital then deemed the 15–year–old fit to return to school and the district let her back into Snohomish High.

Sim Osborn represents the victims and their families. He says the hospital and the district knew the student was still a serious threat.

Osborn: "She was having all of these fantasies about killing and all of these horribly deviant thoughts, and she had expressed them. She had stalked a teacher. The other students were afraid of her. A teacher was afraid of her. And yet the school district did nothing about it, just allowed her to continue on in school. And then here's what happened."

Last October, the girl attacked two 14–year–old girls she'd never met in the school bathroom with a kitchen knife. She stabbed one of the girls more than a dozen times and pierced her heart. The other girl was stabbed in the neck and arm. Both victims survived.

The attacker pleaded guilty to first– and second–degree assault in March. She was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

The victims' families are suing Snohomish School District, Fairfax Hospital and the attacker's parents for negligence.

The hospital didn't return calls for comment. The district wouldn't comment on pending litigation.

I'm Ann Dornfeld, KUOW News.

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