Photo: Cora Vides
February 22, 2021 – Santa Barbara, Ca.
While the parents of public school students fret over the unpredictable effects of school shut- downs on their kids during the year-long Covid-19 pandemic, this don’t appear to be much better for students continuing to attend classes at the area’s most exclusive private schools.
The Laguna Blanca School, one of the communities most prestigious K-12 schools with annual tuition in the $50,000 range and a parent body that includes some of the nation’s most socially- prominent entertainment, business, and financial leaders, is the focus of interest following the February 14th arrest of 18-year-old Cora Vides on suspicion of the attempted murder of another Laguna Senior Class Member. According to Santa Barbara Policed Department Media Relations Officer Anthony Wagner, Vides was arrested just hours after allegedly “stabbing a classmate multiple times.”
The criminal complaint issued by the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office indicates that Vides “acted willfully with premeditation and deliberation.” The charge of attempted murder carries with it the special allegation of “using a deadly weapon, a knife.” Vides was contacted at approximately 2:30 a.m. on the 14th and was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where she remains in custody with her bail set at $1,000,000.
For its part, The Laguna Blanca School issued a statement of support for the families of both the accused and her female victim, adding “We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure our community’s well-being.”
Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking