Posted By: Jenn Schanz
"Yesterday we were all shocked over her actions, but I think today that's transferred to concern for her welfare," said Officer Katie Flood.
Officials and family members say they were worried about 16-year-old Sarah Piccolo's mental state and safety, after a sudden outburst of rage.
Police say the Pius junior attacked 17–year–old Ellen Kopetzky in the bathroom with a hammer and knife, leaving her with non–life threatening cuts to her face and hands.
They say after that, she fled.
After some investigation, police say Piccolo had no relationship with Kopetzky, leaving friends and family to wonder how the attack even happened.
At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Piccolo was found in southeast Kansas, where police say she was having car trouble.
Despite lingering confusion, students at Pius are just glad to see Piccolo is safe.
"Even though she did it, like everybody's still praying for her to make sure she gets the right treatment. And once we got on the intercom and we found out today that she was safe, and everything, it was a sign of relief," says Pius senior Morgan Kuklis.
According to court documents, Piccolo is being charged as an adult with first degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.
Police believe the attack was random, and that Kopetzky was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Piccolo is in custody in Kansas, where she'll remain until she can be brought back to Lincoln.
Despite Monday's anxiety, Pius staff says community support has kept them strong.
"[From our] students to our parents, our staff is unbelievable and really working hard to try and just be there for each other and be Christ to each other," says Pius Superintendent Father Jim Meysenburg.
The family of the victim, Ellen Kopetzky, has issued another statement.
Like most of those at Pius, they say they're praying for the Piccolos.