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Atwater High student stabbed at school

One Atwater High School student was stabbed this morning, allegedly by another student who fled the scene and was chased down by school staff members, Atwater police tell the Sun-Star. The victim was flown to a regional hospital after he was stabbed in the back multiple times. Police described the wounds as “superficial.”
One Atwater High School student was stabbed this morning, allegedly by another student who fled the scene and was chased down by school staff members, Atwater police tell the Sun-Star. The victim was flown to a regional hospital after he was stabbed in the back multiple times. Police described the wounds as “superficial.” akuhn@mercedsunstar.com

One Atwater High School student was stabbed in the back this morning, allegedly by another student who fled the scene and was chased down by school staff members, Atwater police tell the Sun-Star.

The incident was reported around 9:28 a.m. at Atwater High School on Fruitland Avenue, Lt. Samuel Joseph told the Sun-Star in a telephone interview.

A few details were immediately clear. Police have yet to determine any possible motive for the violence.

The incident is believed to have occurred in the school cafeteria.

The victim, a teenage boy, suffered wound that appeared “superficial” and are not believed to be life threatening, Joseph said.

He was stabbed in the back about four or five times and also suffered a hand injury.

He was flown to a Modesto hospital for treatment.

The suspect, a 15-year-old male student, has been detained and the weapon believed to have been used in the attack has been recovered, Joseph told the Sun-Star.

Sgt. Dick Wisdom said the suspect threw the knife as he was running, but it was found by Officer Ken Lee. Wisdom declined to comment on any details of the knife.

He fled the scene was chased down by school staff, believed to have been the school’s vice principal and a security officer. He was captured on Sowell Street and Fiesta Court, police said.

There were no other injuries.

It was not immediately clear whether the school was placed on lock down, but police praised the staff’s handling of the situation.

“This all happened so quickly, the school didn’t have any time to go on lock down,” Joseph said. “The school staff did a great job keeping the other students staff and chasing this (suspect) down.”

This story will be updated.

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