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Student stabbed at Hart High; another student in custody

By Tammy Marashlian

Posted: October 6, 2010 1:30 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2010 9:22 p.m.

A female Hart High School student sits in the back seat of a Sheriff’s Department patrol car Wednesday at Hart High School in Newhall. The girl was checked for injury by a firefighter/paramedic after being accused of stabbing another female student following an altercation shortly after 12:30 p.m.

A 16-year-old Hart High School student was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly stabbed a classmate four times with an 8-inch chef’s knife before a teacher stopped the attack at Hart High.

The victim was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia where she underwent surgery, said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Although the girl’s injuries were described as serious, school and sheriff’s officials said they do not believe they were life-threatening.

The suspect was also taken to the hospital for evaluation before being booked on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, said sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra.

According to Sheriff’s Department and school sources, the attack took place about 12:30 p.m. on a common area of the Newhall school’s campus.

The student used a chef’s knife to stab the girl, leaving wounds on each of her hands, her back and her chest, a sheriff’s report said.

A teacher passing by saw the girls fighting, with one girl holding a knife and the other bleeding. When he tried to stop the fight, the girl with the knife attacked him, the report said.

The teacher was able to subdue her without being hurt, the report said.

It was unclear where the girl got the knife and why she attacked the other student.

Officials said the stabbing was an isolated incident. The student was arrested, school gates were locked and officials determined that there was no immediate threat to other students, Pinsker said.

“Within minutes, all the parents were notified through our (telephonic) notification system,” Pinsker said.


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