MIAMI – A 14-year-old boy was apparently stabbed to death in a school bathroom Tuesday, and another student was taken into custody.
Other teenagers discovered Jaime Rodrigo Gough in a boys' restroom at Southwood Middle School (search) at about 8:30 a.m.
Miami-Dade Police Director Carlos Alvarez said that the boy had suffered "some sort of cutting incident," and that the weapon was found. He would not elaborate.
As of late afternoon, the student in custody had not been charged.
Other children at the school were locked in their classrooms with their teachers as a precaution for most of the day before they were sent home in the afternoon. More than 150 worried parents gathered outside.
Antonio Gough, Jaime's uncle, said his nephew was a good student who played baseball, the violin and the flute, and was not a troublemaker.
"The kids have to know what happened to him," Gough said. "I still can't believe this can happen."
Gough said family members were told by school officials that Jaime had been stabbed.
Mike Antonell, whose 12-year-old son is a sixth-grader at the school, said he felt heart palpitations when he heard the news.
Southwood opened in 1976 as the county's first magnet school (search), specializing in visual and performing arts for students in grades six, seven and eight. It has more than 1,500 students.