SUGAR LAND, Texas – A 16-year-old boy is in custody after he was accused of stabbing his father after a fight at football practice.
Students at Clements High School are abuzz about the violent attack Monday night that ended with their classmate in jail.
According to the Sugar Land Police Department, it started with some sort of argument at the school at football practice. The teenage suspect is reportedly a junior at Clements and is on the varsity football team.
Investigators said that the boy’s father found out he was not going to football practice and that he was not happy about his son’s actions. The argument that began at the campus apparently continued at about 6 p.m. the family’s home.
“Clearly there are some issues going on in this house this just isn’t a normal situation,” SLPD spokesman Doug Adolph, said.
Police say the 16-year-old boy grabbed a knife and stabbed his 45-year-old father repeatedly in the stomach, the back and the arms.
“There’s definitely quite a bit of tension a lot of conflict between the boy and his father,” Adolph said.
KHOU 11 News was told the mother was in a separate room of the house when this happened. She heard her husband’s screams for help called 911. He was airlifted to a local hospital and is in stable condition..
A friend of the boy accused in the vicious attack says the high school junior is a popular, athletic and well-liked kid.
“I love him. We joke around on the field. He’s a friend. We’d talk. You’d never hear him say no to anybody. He’s always friendly,” the friend said.
Crisis counselors were on hand Tuesday morning at Clements High School to help students process the news that has swept across campus.
“I didn’t think it was him that did it,” junior Kendric Trimble said. “He’s a good kid. He’s good at football.”
Parents whose kids attend class with the teen were rattled to hear about what happened, wondering if there’s more to the story.
“Oh my gosh, I’m devastated you never know what’s going to happen next,” Sonali Walawalkar, parent, said.
Classmates say the boy not only excelled on the football field, but also played track and was focused on his studies. A once promising future is now in question as his father recovers in the hospital.
“He’s very good he helped me with my work in agriculture,” Bridget Narvaiz, 10th-grader, said. “He was an awesome student. I don’t think he would have done anything like that.”
The boy is now at the Fort Bend County Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police said he has not been cooperative and has refused to speak with investigators.
KHOU 11 News is not identifying him, because he has not been charged as an adult.