School district told to pay $1.3M in stabbing case

SEATTLE - Jurors have told the Snohomish, Wash., School District to pay $1.3 million for failing to protect two high school girls stabbed in October 2011 by a mentally disturbed classmate.

King County Superior Court jurors in Seattle reached their verdict in a lawsuit brought by the families of April Lutz and Bekah Staudacher. They were freshmen at Snohomish High School when they were attacked in a school restroom.

Lutz was stabbed 13 times, including a knife blow that pierced her heart and left her in critical condition. The Daily Herald reports that Tuesday's verdict focused on the injuries suffered by Lutz and her family.

Bekah Staudacher was slashed in the arm and stabbed in the back trying to protect her friend. School officials said her part of the lawsuit was previously settled out of court.

School district spokeswoman Kristin Foley says, "The jury made its decision. Now we move forward