A Poughkeepsie High School teacher, Cynthia Glozier, was stabbed 16 times in an attack by another teacher.
Detective Sgt. Walter Horton said at least three members of the faculty had witnessed the incident, which took place in a hallway in the school.
He went on to say that witnesses saw Ricketts take the screwdriver out of her pocket and stab Glozier numerous times.
Horton said Glozier sustained wounds to her face, neck, back and upper torso.
He said Glozier had reportedly approached Ricketts to ask her why she had not attended a staff meeting of the English Department that had been held earlier in the morning.
(Ricketts) said she was busy with parent-teacher conferences, “and then one thing led to another,” the detective said.
Police and medics were called once Ricketts was “removed” from Glozier, he said, and the school was locked down until it was deemed secure an hour and 15 minutes later.
“It was actually quite frightening,” a student who witnessed the confrontation said. “It didn’t help that students were yelling and screaming.”
Ricketts had come earlier in the morning to the district office looking for a personnel action sheet.
“Somehow she was under the impression that she was being terminated,” District Superintendent Laval Wilson said, adding he did not know why.
Ricketts, 40, was charged with first-degree attempted assault and second-degree assault, both felonies, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, Detective Sgt. Walter Horton said.
Glozier, 54, is listed in stable condition and recovering at Saint Francis Hospital.