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Mar 8, 2023

Westwood Middle School student arrested for stabbing a classmate

Media Contact: Alicia Manautou, PIO

On Wednesday March 8, 2023, PCSO deputies arrested 15-year-old Aalijah Parker ofAalijah Parker Winter Haven after he stabbed a 14-year-old male student at Westwood Middle School in Winter Haven. He is being charged with multiple felonies.

The 14-year-old victim was transported to an area hospital, and the parents have been notified. 

The following is preliminary information, and could change as detectives continue to investigate this incident.

At around 1:09 p.m. deputies responded to Westwood Middle School (3520 Ave J NW) in Winter Haven to the report of a student being stabbed. Westwood Middle School immediately went on a lockdown status while deputies searched for the suspect. 

Deputies learned that Parker and the victim were fighting on campus, when Parker stabbed the victim with a fixed blade kitchen knife (similar to a paring knife). Parker then fled the school campus and was located and arrested at about 1:43 p.m. at a relative’s home nearby. 

Westwood Middle School lifted the lockdown at around 2:00 p.m.

Parker told deputies he threw the knife behind a trailer in the area and then took deputies to the location. The deputies found the knife exactly where Parker said it would be. 

“This is outrageous violent criminal behavior that we are not going to tolerate. This student is facing some serious felony charges. I’m proud of the partnership we have with Polk County Public Schools and my deputies’ quick actions. Our prayers are with the victim and we are hoping for a fast recovery.”
– Grady Judd, Sheriff

 Aalijah Parker was charged with:
• Attempted First Degree Murder (FL)
• Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds (F3)
• Written Threat to Kill (F2)
• Tampering with Evidence (F3)
• Affray (M1)
• Disruption of School (M2)

He was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

The 14-year-old victim was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries.
*Per Florida State Statute 119 information about juveniles charged with felonies is public record.