A student was stabbed at a North Carolina high school Thursday morning while another was injured, according to NBC News. School resource officers were called in at around 7 am after reports of a physical altercation between students on campus, said Jacksonville Public Safety Director Mike Yaniero. 

The first school resource office responded within 20 seconds, Yaniero said. Two injured students were taken to the hospital, where one succumbed. None of the minors are being identified. A staff member was injured in the brawl, but not stabbed. 

The school was shut for the day and students were released to their parents before 9 am. The school will remain closed Friday and virtual classes will be held. Physical classes will resume Tuesday, after the Labor Day weekend. 

The stabbing incident took place at the school four days after it had reopened Monday. 

The school district has attempted to improve security over the last year, according to superintendent of Onslow County Schools Dr Barry Collins. Collins said the school had recently installed security cameras and swipe-in door locks. 

“I don’t know at this time how it could’ve been done any better than the way it was handled, considering the circumstances. A couple of our own staff were right there when this happened,” Collins told ABC News. He added that a school resource officer had been appointed at every school. Bigger schools such as Northside have two resource officers each. 

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said he has spoken to Public Safety Director Mike Yaniero and offered assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation. “Our prayers are with all the students, educators, families and the community.” 

Focus on violence in schools has increased since the deadly Uvalde massacre on May 24. Twenty-one people, including 19 children, were gunned down in the shootout at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, by an 18-year-old assailant named Salvador Ramos.