An Elgin High School teacher was stabbed by a 16-year-old student Friday in a classroom, officials said.
Carolyn Gilbert, 50, was stabbed multiple times in the upper body. She was being treated at Sherman Hospital in Elgin and had not been released as of late Friday afternoon.
The 16-year-old male student was charged with aggravated battery with a weapon and aggravated battery to a teacher, both felonies.
Gilbert had been alone with the student in her first-floor classroom when the attack occurred around 11:15 a.m., officials said.
The last day of semester finals, the school's 2,100 students had been released just 15 minutes before.
Another staff member passing by Gilbert's classroom heard her cries and intervened, said Tony Sanders, Elgin Area School District U-46's chief communications officer.
The student was arrested at the scene and the knife was recovered, Elgin police Lt. Cecil Smith said.
None of Elgin Area School District U-46's five high schools feature metal detectors. Instead, Sanders said, students are sometimes "wanded" with a hand-held device.
"This has never happened before," Elgin Teachers Association President Tim Davis said of the stabbing.
Kenny Williams, an Elgin senior and basketball team member, said his team was in practice at the time of the incident.
"We were clueless," he said. "I got into my car and turned on the radio -- and it was the first thing I heard. … It just came out of nowhere," he said.
Counselors will be available on Tuesday when classes resume.
The accused student was being held in the Cook County Youth Facility in Chicago, police said. He has a hearing set for Tuesday in Chicago.
Being a high school teacher isn't all about having sex with minors. Sometimes you get stabbed