Police: 12-year-old girl slashed with knife at James Kieran School in the Bronx
Police say a 12-year-old girl was slashed in the leg at the James Kieran School in the Bronx.
According to the NYPD, the attack took place at around 9:30 a.m. The girl was taken to the hospital where she is in stable condition.
Students tell News 12 that a fight broke out between the two students involved that ultimately led to the incident. The Department of Education says that the school remained on lockdown as students were scanned, and stated that the school doesn't have metal detectors.
“The teacher was trying to make them stop fighting, and then he told us to run and get help, so we all went out, and then a lot of teachers came in," said sixth-grader Alysson Sanchez. "I saw the fight happen but I didn’t see anyone get stabbed. I saw a knife fall down."
Investigators arrested a 14-year-old girl and recovered a knife.
This comes a day after a Brooklyn school went on lockdown for a stabbing incident.
The principal of James Kieran School posted the following message to the school's website:
"The safety and well-being of all students and staff members at JHS 123 remains our highest priority. To that end, we are informing you about an incident that took place this morning. On December 6th, 2023, two students were involved in an altercation that resulted in one student being transported to the hospital in stable condition. NYPD is currently conducting an investigation, and we are taking additional safety measures at the school. Our guidance counselors, along with our Community Based Mental Health Agency will be providing support and guidance to the entire school community.
We assure you that every precaution was taken and will continue to be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We look forward to your continued partnership as we work together to ensure that JHS 123 continues to provide the best and safest learning environment possible for all of its students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our parent coordinator, Ms. Diaz, or your child's guidance counselor. As always, we are here to assist students as needed."