Posted By: Camila Orti
Pius administrators say they've been looking into Sarah Piccolo's history for clues into Monday's sudden attack.
16–year–old Piccolo is being charged as an adult for first degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. Police say she stabbed a classmate in a bathroom at Pius High School.
A lot of questions still remain as to what sparked that attack. Spokesman for the Diocese of Lincoln, JD Flynn, says it still doesn't make sense.
"She was a really good student, well regarded, a lot of friends, the administration has talked to her friends," Flynn said. "This is a girl who we don't quite understand what happened yet, and for the time being we're just praying for her and hoping to understand how things happened."
Court documents say Piccolo attacked 17–year–old Ellen Kopetzky with an 8–inch hunting knife and a hammer on Monday inside the school's bathroom.
Kopetzky suffered blunt force trauma to her head and cuts on her hands and face.
Police believe the attack was random, and that Kopetzky was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
After a 24–hour search, Piccolo was found at a small motel in Southeast Kansas.
Pius is aware that Piccolo told the manager of that motel that she suffered from bullying.
"The school has looked into it, there's not a record of her having been bullied but certainly if that was her experience, our hearts go out to her and we're sorry that she had that experience," Flynn said.
Pius staff and students say they're glad that Piccolo was found safe and that Kopetzky is recovering.
"I think the kids for the most part are just moving forward and hoping for the best," Flynn said.
Piccolo will remain in custody in Kansas until police bring her back to Lincoln. She waived extradition so she'll be returning soon. Police say she'll be taken to the Youth Detention Center.