Student charged with Murder of another Student at Reagan High School
AUSTIN -- A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder after
stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend (Ortralla Mosley)
in the halls of Austin's Reagan High School, police said Saturday.
Since Mosley's death, school officials have said they
were baffled by the tragedy. But parents, the Rev. Sterling Lands of Greater
Calvary Baptist Church, and a prosecutor with the Travis County district
attorney's office said school officials had reports of violence by this
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On Friday, school board President Doyle Valdez announced
in a statement that the district will review how Reagan officials "handled
events leading up to the tragedy to ascertain whether more could have been
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include an overall look at violence on campus.
Austin police spokesman Kevin Buchman identified the
victim as Ortralla Mosley, 15. She was pronounced dead shortly after
arriving at Brackenridge Hospital on Friday afternoon.
The Travis County district attorney's office will
determine whether to charge the boy as a juvenile or adult, Buchman said.
The boy was taken after the incident to the hospital for
non-life threatening injuries suffered during the stabbing, said Austin
Independent School District spokesman Andy Welch. Emergency officials said
the boy's wounds appeared to be self-inflicted.
Authorities said the stabbing occurred on the second
floor of the school, outside some classrooms in the mall area.
An English teacher said the girl -- a cheerleader and
popular straight-A student -- and the boy had broken up Thursday. Both
students were sophomores.
It was the first such student fatality during school
hours at any Austin Independent School District campus, school officials
said, and extra counselors were scheduled to be at Reagan High School
School board President Doyle Valdez said none of Austin's
12 high schools has metal detectors. However, a school police officer
patrols the halls of each high school.
Police said the slaying was Austin's seventh murder of
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