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Suspect arrested in assault at Surrey high school that left staff member seriously hurt

Surrey RCMP arrest suspect in high school teacher stabbing
WATCH: Surrey RCMP arrest suspect in high school teacher stabbing

Surrey RCMP says it has arrested a 19-year-old man after an assault with a weapon at L.A. Matheson Secondary School.

Police say the suspect, a Surrey resident, was arrested around 4 p.m. in Vancouver.

Staff member hurt in attack at Surrey school
Staff member hurt in attack at Surrey school

Police say the believe the attack was targeted. The suspect is not a current of former student of the high school.

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The school was locked down Friday morning after the attack, which left a staff member in hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses tell Global News that the victim was a teacher, who was stabbed five times by an attacker wearing a blue face mask

The incident took place in the school’s courtyard at a time when many students weren’t on campus yet.

Following a sweep by police, the lockdown was lifted and students were released. Classes at L.A. Matheson have been cancelled for the rest of the day, RCMP said.

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RCMP say a suspect was seen leaving the school grounds in a grey Kia sedan. Police are asking anyone who may have seen the vehicle or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage to contact them.

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