An 18-year-old McLane High senior has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly slashed a fellow student with a knife similar to a box cutter after classes let out Thursday.
Fresno police say an argument over a cellphone between the male suspect and a 17-year-old victim escalated around 3:15 p.m., when the suspect pulled out a knife and left a 6-inch gash from the young man's left ear to his chin.
An administrator detained the suspect in a classroom before the school's on-campus police officer arrived to make the arrest.
"It's obviously concerning because the suspect used a cutting instrument in a fight, but that's the benefit of having a school resource officer there. He's able to respond quickly and make the arrest needed," Fresno police Sgt. Jaime Rios said.
Rios said the victim was brought by ambulance for treatment at Community Regional Medical Center. School officials say he attended class Friday.
Fresno Unified spokeswoman Micheline Golden said the district does not have metal detectors on any of its campuses but does use hand-held detectors to scan attendees at football and basketball games.
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