Student killed, another arrested in Porter school bus stabbing

Monday, December 8th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A Porter high school student stabs a classmate to death on a school bus Monday morning.

The bus driver called 911. Driver: "All of you go back to the back." Dispatcher: "Wagoner County." Driver: "Yes, I need an ambulance. I'm the Porter School bus and I've had a kid get stabbed."

The suspect jumped off the bus and ran into the woods, still carrying the knife. About a dozen students were on the bus during the stabbing, ranging from 5 to 18 years old.

After students we evacuated from the bus, state agents combed it for evidence. Other officers searched the land nearby for about four and a half hours.

Neighbors were scared; some of them left while the suspect was still on the loose. Joe Reddoch: "It's still setting in. We've had lots of people call and check on us, seeing it on the news, knowing where he lives. It's scary, honestly, it is.”

County road workers saw 15 year old Dustin Dillingham hiding near a pond about three miles west of the search area. Officers arrested him and say he gave them no trouble and in fact showed them where he threw the knife he used to stab Andy Robinson.

Dillingham's family says he's been picked on and they'd recently been encouraging him to stand up for himself.