Student stabbed, another student in custody at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park

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FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. — A male student was stabbed by another student Tuesday on the East Leyden High School campus in Franklin Park.

The stabbing happened around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the school’s campus at 3400 Rose Street.

The injured student is said to be recovering here after he was stabbed during some kind of high school hallway fight.

The other student was arrested.

Franklin Park police said one student stabbed another in the neck with a pocket knife after a confrontation just after 9:30 a.m.

Sophomore Axel Vazquez said he witnessed the immediate aftermath of the violent incident. He said it involved one of his good friends in the school’s second-floor hallway.

“It was at the passing period. I was making my way to my classroom and I was turning to the left in the hallway and I see my friend walking with a t-shirt on the side of his head dripping blood,” he said. “I look at the floor, it was full of blood too.”

The school was immediately placed on lockdown.

“We were just locked down and our teachers just made sure we were safe,” senior Jose Garcia said. “Our teachers did a good job of taking care of that. They made sure the police got here quickly.”

High school superintendent Nick Polyak said surveillance cameras in the hallway recorded the incident.

“One student stabbed another student,” he said. “After that happened the building was placed on lockdown, local police arrived on scene and took that student into custody. The other student was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.”

The lockdown lasted about an hour and a half and the rest of the school day was canceled.

The school will open again Wednesday and the superintendent says counselors will be on hand to help any student who needs it.


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