A 12-year-old student who stabbed a classmate at Pico Canyon Elementary School in Stevenson Ranch Friday morning is now being questioned, according to officials.
“Around 8:09 this morning we received a call about a male juvenile who stabbed another male juvenile, both 12 years old,” said Deputy Chris Craft of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
“It sounds like the kids who were in the classroom pulled the victim away and ran him to the nurse, while the teacher took the subject to the principal’s office and waited for deputies to get there,” Craft said.
“When deputies arrived they discovered that one boy had a couple of stab wounds on his body that were minor,” he said. “He was transported to the hospital for evaluation of the minor injuries. And we were able to detain the subject.”
Craft said a single knife was recovered at the scene, but he had not seen the weapon and had no further description.
“Detectives are interviewing the kid to see if he needs to be taken down to Sylmar (Juvenile Hall) or what needs to happen next,” Craft said.
If a charge were to be brought, it would be assault with a deadly weapon, “at the very minimum,” Craft said.
Newhall School District Superintendent Paul Cordiero issued the following statement to parents and media:
“This morning at Pico Canyon School a student assaulted another student causing injury. The student who was assaulted was transported to a hospital for treatment, accompanied by his parents.
“The assailant was taken into custody by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. The Department’s investigation is in progress.
“Our immediate goal is to support our students and their families. We have counselors and psychologists on site. Further, we are in direct communication with parents to assure them that we are following up in every possible way. As always, our top priority is the safety of all students and adults on campus.”