Boy hospitalized after being stabbed by fellow student at elementary school
Los Angeles, Calif. (KTLA) -- A boy at Bridge Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights was stabbed during an altercation with another student on campus Thursday morning.
KTLA was first alerted to the incident by a woman who identified herself as a friend of the injured boy's family. She stated that the victim was in fifth grade and was stabbed by another student.
Students who witnessed the attack told KTLA the boy was stabbed in the back with a pocket knife.
They said the boy was bleeding as he ran to the main office.
"It was sad," said an unidentified child who spoke to KTLA. "All of my friends from school were crying."
A letter sent home with students from the school principal confirmed that an incident occurred on campus.
"One student injured another student," Principal Robert Salazar stated in the letter. "The L.A. Unified is working closely with police to investigate the incident and respond accordingly."
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A crisis counselor was sent to meet with students and staff about the incident, Salazar said.
The Los Angeles School Police Department referred calls about the incident to the Los Angeles Unified School District, a spokeswoman for which would only say students were involved and thus the district could not comment further.
A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson confirmed one patient was transported from the school about 10:30 a.m., but could not provide any other information.
Rosa Saca with Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center confirmed the patient was received at the hospital Thursday, but she could not provide any other information.
No information was available on the boy's condition.