Teacher credited with stopping Iowa City knife attack

Anonymous teacher 'confident' recent violent incident training helped him intervene

Red Pepper Grill. (image from restaurant's Web site)
Red Pepper Grill. (image from restaurant's Web site)

An Iowa City Community School District teacher has been credited for stopping an alleged knife attack this week at an Iowa City restaurant.

Heather Stanfield, 17, of Iowa City is accused of attacking a female customer, stabbing her multiple times with an 8-inch kitchen knife, at the Red Pepper Deli & Grill around lunchtime on Monday.

Police said the attack was stopped when a male bystander intervened. On Wednesday, Iowa City School District community relations coordinator Kate Moreland confirmed the bystander is a teacher in the district who recently took part in a national violent incident training program known as ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate).

The teacher has asked to remain anonymous, but did release the following statement to The Gazette Wednesday morning:

I am confident that the ALICE training helped me. I had thought about how I would react if a shooter was in our school, how I would have reacted as a student at Virginia Tech, and had talked with others about what I would do in these situations.

Stanfield is an employee at the restaurant and was working at the time of the attack, according to a police report. Its not clear what relationship she has with the victim, but police say the two were aware of each other prior to the alleged attack. Stanfield has been charged with attempted murder and has been moved to a facility capable of housing juveniles.

The victim is expected to recover from her injuries.

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