Nov. 14, 2002 – Police have arrested a 16-year-old student at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School and charged him with third-degree assault in connection with a lunchtime stabbing of another student on Wednesday in the school cafeteria.
The 15-year old student who was stabbed was taken to Roy L. Schneider Hospital, where he was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Authorities said the incident took place around 1 p.m. St. Thomas Deputy Police Chief Theodore Carty said the victim "indicated he was standing in the cafeteria when someone started punching him. After a while, he said, he turned to defend himself and soon he found himself in a large crowd of people." After someone separated the group of students, Carty continued, "he realized he had been stabbed."
Because both students are minors, police did not release their identities. Carty said he did not know whether the youth who was arrested was released into the custody of his parents or held in custody.
On Thursday, Eudora Kean's acting principal, Lydia Lettsome, said school officials are trying to sort out the events that led up to the fight. "After we do our investigation, and after we determine what took place, we'll be happy to discuss the situation," she said.
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