High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

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A Laguna Blanca student was arrested for attempted murder after stabbing another student on Saturday night.

The incident took place in the 600 block of Roberto Ave in Santa Barbara where Cora Vides, 18, allegedly stabbed another female student. The victim sustained serious injuries to her throat and neck and was transported to the hospital.


Cora Vides

Vides was arrested and charged with attempted murder in what is being described as a "willful, deliberate, and premeditated" attack. She appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges and is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

Laguna Blanca, a private K-12 school in Hope Ranch, issued a statement that counseling services were held for students and staff.

"As a small and tight-knit school, we are prepared to have our students return safely to campus and provide the support and care needed for our community to process this difficult information. A gathering for students in Grades 9-12 and faculty was held on campus Tuesday to address the incident and to implement a multi-layered system of support for students to safely process their emotions," the statement read.

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a-1613760803 Feb 19, 2021 10:53 AM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

CSF's comment was not slanderous. He made no assertions of fact, only mentioned some possibilities. Was it sexist? Not really. How does it demean women to ask whether they might have been fighting over a boy? Kids this age do all the time. Irresponsible and rude? Yeah.... not the right place/time. But really folks, calling someone sexist because they asked a question IS actually slanderous.

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 20, 2021 07:13 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

As I said, I recall this sort of thing happening quite frequently in high school, though in those days the end result might be some scrapes and bruises or injured pride---nothing lethal or even approaching that. I remember people trying to get two guys to fight by telling one person, "He said something about your momma." It's juvenile and manipulative, but that's what kids do---even some adults who can't seem to grow up.

It seems that several people here noted a similar behaviors in adolescents, either personally experienced or witnessed. Maybe we feel this way because we and/or our friends were on the receiving end of this kind of treatment. Perhaps many of you don’t realize this because you were the ones dishing it out.

a-1613778876 Feb 19, 2021 03:54 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

Cool CSF, thanks for your story about someone else's experience that you never went through and was told to you second, third, or fourth-hand. Clearly you "get it." Your comment was sexist, take a moment to pause and reflect instead of getting defensive and pulling out random stories.

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 19, 2021 03:06 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

"Mean girls" are a real thing. I know of two different situations in which females had to transfer to different schools, one in middle school and the other in high schools, because a "click" of girls started bulling them. In both instances the "mean girls" were cruel and started spreading false rumors out of jealousy because popular males at these schools showed an interest these two young women. If you've never heard of this sort of thing then you've either lived a fortunate and sheltered life, or you were a "mean girl" and completely oblivious to the harm you caused. Bullying is real, often with the victims being driven out, harming themselves, or lashing out with violence.

bosco Feb 19, 2021 03:01 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

I'm sure you're the type to use the phrase "men are pigs" and have probably called violent men "animals" before. But that's not sexist because it's about men. The bar really has been set pretty low for calling someone sexist which unfortunately distracts from truly sexist acts and defeats the goal of gender equality. It is a poor choice for someone to speculate on cause, but to call it "disgusting"? Come on... there are a lot more important things to be offended about. Move on.

a-1613774710 Feb 19, 2021 02:45 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

@10:53 & 12:04. I'm reposting my comment above because it still isn't landing, and I'm going to assume you're male as any female identified person would understand. But that's ok, we all need to learn our blind spots to be more empathetic to others. So, it's sexist to assume two girls have nothing better to fight over than a boy, like that's all they care about and think about and cannot control their emotions over. When two men fight, people rarely say, "ah yes probably over a woman," but the reverse is said all the time about women. Clearly there's serious mental health issues here to commit this act and I hope that is addressed.

a-1613765096 Feb 19, 2021 12:04 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

@FONDOFSB: Yeah, so? He questioned whether it was over a boy (totally reasonable question given their age) and then, yes impolitely and insensitively, made a joke about "mean girls." It's not like he said she was part of a criminal gang or something, just made a misplaced and irresponsible "joke." I don't see how it's "sexist" to wonder if a fight between high school aged girls was over a boy.

FondofSB Feb 19, 2021 11:45 AM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

Reread his disgusting fortunately deleted comment . Many here agree it IS sexist. Furthermore he assumes (and hence implies) that the victim is part of (I'm quoting him) "mean girls" !!!
Do you need anymore ?

FondofSB Feb 19, 2021 10:41 AM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

To CSF :
As many have said here besides myself your comment which was deleted for good reason was : sexist, slanderous towards the victim and just plain disgusting.
As to "some who flipped" : can you figure out that this simply means that she flipped at some point in her life , possibly way before she committed this uncalled for murder attempt which, unlike what your deleted comment implied was totally unprovoked by anything the victim did ?

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 19, 2021 11:46 AM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

To FONDOFSB:

You wrote, "As to "some who flipped" : can you figure out that this simply means that she flipped at some point in her life , possibly way before she committed this uncalled for murder attempt..."

Except...The Independent also reported, "Questions abound as Vides had reportedly not exhibited any warning signs. Court records reveal no previous arrests." Sounds to me like she was quite stable right up to the attack. So who's slandering who???

I'm beginning to suspect you have an agenda here and that's your prerogative. However, it's clear from the Independent article that this was premediated and that the assailant showed no previous signs of instability. That really points to a specific issue between these two girls, which is all I was speculating on. Edhat is great, but sometimes they don't publish everything and therefore other news sources may contain valuable information, as in this case

High school has a lot of power dynamics going on, with people staring rumors to hurt other people or gain an advantage with other people. I went to high school before social media, so I can only imagine it's much worse now. This doesn't sound like a random attack. Something happened between these two students, unfortunately.

Alexblue Feb 19, 2021 10:31 AM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

Fond of SB, thank you for the update. I';m very sorry that the victim has had to go through this terrible trauma. How someone could disagree with what you posted and take the time to downvote it is insane.

a-1613753158 Feb 19, 2021 08:45 AM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

Not that this is related but my son spent several years touring the Jersey, Maryland and Delaware shores doing concerts to large audiences. I asked him once who started the most fights and without a pause said women. I went to one of his concerts and I asked a couple of police officers doing security the same question and they both said women. One of the officers who was a woman laughingly said that's why I'm here.

a-1613864158 Feb 20, 2021 03:35 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

FOND - you really have a beef it seems. Calling out a young woman like this as having mental issues and having "flipped" is just awful. If she really had mental issues, why would you say that? If she didn't, then yeah, it could be slander, whether you like her or not. Something clearly happened to send her over the edge like that - either mental issues (as you so callously keep proclaiming) or it was a fight that got out of hand. Young people fight, sometimes things go too far. It doesn't mean they have mental issues. Stop spreading either lies or sensitive personal information while the same time yelling at others for even wondering what happened.

FondofSB Feb 19, 2021 07:00 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

@7488 :
If you don't understand that someone MUST have flipped at some point in her life to want to commit such a hideous and atrocious murder attempt, then you have serious problems ! If you can't believe that she HAS flipped that means you find her behavior "normal" .
And then excuse me for "slandering" someone as "nice" as this person (in your rationale) !!!
As for defending her "reputation", excuse me again, but she just "took care of it" herself

a-1613783340 Feb 19, 2021 05:09 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

@Sac, this is why I love edhat, we can engage in a healthy dialogue on important topics. I appreciate your willingness to learn and ask questions. From my perspective, this stereotype of women is no different than the bigoted assumptions that if a person of color is arrested they must be involved in a gang or due to drugs. Just negative stereotypes that continue to persist. I can't tell you how many times I've been called "too emotional" or "on my period" when I spoke up while my male counterparts were "leaders." Or if I was "too emotional" it was due to issues with my husband or if I bought a new car, my husband must make a lot of money. I'm not married. Women are constantly associated, valued and devalued by their relationships, or lack thereof, to men. I hope this helps :)

Alexblue Feb 19, 2021 04:44 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

SacJon, I was speaking about myself, how I would feel and what I would do. To be honest I don’t know why that’s offensive to people. I wasn’t speculating about something I couldn’t possibly know and making claims about how a victim of a crime might have brought violence on themselves. So, yeah, saying I would rather not live with the deaths of 34 people on my conscience, I’d say that is far less irresponsible or offensive.

sacjon Feb 19, 2021 04:23 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

4:03 - I'm sorry if I disappointed you, I guess I just couldn't see how asking whether this was a fight over a boy (or girl) was sexist. If it is, my bad I guess. Just seemed that someone was calling out people for slander and sexism while at the same time announcing that the suspect had mental issues. That is not OK to do. But yeah, when kids this age fight and have no criminal history, I just thought the question of whether this was over a boy was not in any way offensive. If it is, I apologize. To help me understand, can you maybe explain why it is sexist to ask whether a fight between 2 teenage girls with no prior violent history was over a boy?

a-1613779416 Feb 19, 2021 04:03 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

@Sac, really disappointed that's your stance, I generally feel aligned with most of your comments here. As a woman, yes it's sexist. There are hundreds of things this attack could be over, mental health being number one, but to reduce it to a fight over a boy is insulting. I'm bummed I have to keep saying this, but I'm afraid if I don't the men will yet again drown out a woman's pov.

a-1613777488 Feb 19, 2021 03:31 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

@FOND OF SB saying the suspect "flipped," is actually slanderous if not true. The person is identified, the statement is false and it could easily harm her reputation. Now, if true, it's just extremely insensitive and a pretty bad thing to say about someone who may have suffered mental issues. Please consider what you actually say more than you call out others for non-slanderous statements.

sacjon Feb 19, 2021 03:26 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

2:41: People say that all the time about men, especially when it's 2 high school boys fighting. And no.... no one "assumed they have nothing better to fight over," it was only asked in a question speculating what may have happened. When 2 people fight at this age, unless they're part of a criminal street gang, it's usually over a person of shared interest - a boy or a girl. Have you seriously never heard people say a couple boys are fighting over a girl? It's literally in every movie, TV show, etc. There is nothing sexist about asking whether 2 people were fighting over a boy or a girl, especially when its 2 high school aged kids with no prior criminal history. Seriously, this is absurd.

a-1613774475 Feb 19, 2021 02:41 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

@10:49 it's sexist to assume two girls have nothing better to fight over than a boy, like that's all they care about and think about and cannot control their emotions. When two men fight, people rarely say, "ah yes probably over a woman," but the reverse is said all the time about women. Clearly there's serious mental health issues here to commit this act and I hope that is addressed.

a-1613760551 Feb 19, 2021 10:49 AM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

7:44am - How is it "sexist" to suggest the fight was over a boy? Would it be sexist to suggest a fight between 2 boys was over a girl? Kids this age who aren't in gangs (assuming this wasn't gang related since it makes no such mention) fight over only a few things - drugs, boys/girls, or are just wasted and fighting for no reason. I was that age, we rarely fought but there was only a few reasons over which we did, girls was one!

ChemicalSuperFreak Feb 19, 2021 12:39 AM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

SB Independent: "The charging documents described the stabbing as “willful, deliberate, and premeditated.”"

Premeditated, as the legal definition goes, is not "someone who flipped". She considered the action for a period of time, however short.

As for "no reasons at all", it seems that she had reasons, real or imagined, and I'm sure that will be made public at some point.

I never once suggested the other person (victim) was at fault or that this knife-wielder was justified, nor did I slander the victim in any way by questioning the situation that brought this on. The victim may be unaware of what the other girl thought of her and I never said that I thought they even knew each other. There could have been a third party who instigated this situation unbeknownst to either of these girls. I remember all the drama in high school.

FondofSB Feb 18, 2021 08:15 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

Nothing transpired. The unfortunate victim is just the victim of someone who flipped (and ruined her whole life) for no reasons at all.
You are completely out of place with your as gratuitous as ill intentioned slander of the victim.

JB86 Feb 18, 2021 07:26 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

Fondofsb
Thank you for the update, let's hope the victim fully recovers. As for the suspect, I do hope she receives the treatment she needs, beyond incarceration. Obviously some serious problems in her life, and she needs to be 'fixed' prior to release.

FondofSB Feb 18, 2021 06:08 PM
High School Student Arrested for Stabbing Another Student

The victim (name withheld) is a remarkably courageous, strong and kind young lady held in much respect and love by all her fellow students.
She was taken to UCLA medical center (an outstanding and world class facility) for multiple operations.
She is doing as well as possible, given the awful circumstances and will pull through with the help, love and re-education that she is receiving and will receive.
Community prayers are with her and her outstanding family.

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