OAN’s Brooke Mallory
5:01 PM – Wednesday, November 1, 2023
After a fight broke out at Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles county, two students were stabbed and two others were badly wounded.
There was a lockdown on campus after the altercation between 11 students at Van Nuys High School on Wednesday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Police Department was called to the Van Nuys campus quad at around 11:53 a.m.
It was made clear during a news conference in the afternoon that the two students who had been stabbed had injuries that were non-life-threatening. However, they were still both taken to a nearby hospital immediately.
During the press conference at approximately 12:45 p.m., Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho told reporters that although the school is still on lockdown, there is no immediate threat, everything is calm, and students are in their classrooms.
After learning about the event, a mother hurried to the school and said that ten people had “jumped her kid” on campus. She also said that although her son was not stabbed, he had been “kicked in the head.”
The specific weapon used in the stabbings has not yet been identified, however, Superintendent Carvalho reported that three different pupils have now been taken into custody and are currently being questioned by police.
“One student produced an ‘unidentified weapon’ at this point, and stabbed two students, who have been transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, at this point,” Carvalho said.
Three students altogether were transported to the hospital, and a fourth student was being looked after and treated at the school by a nurse, according to the superintendent.
“As of today, Van Nuys will have the presence of an officer within its school facilities,” Carvalho said.
“We do not have currently, nor have we ever had in the history of LAUSD enough officers to staff all schools. So that is a proposition that is just not realistic. There are some states, some districts where that is the policy. It’s not the case in Los Angeles. I say that because we should not create an expectation that cannot be fulfilled,” he added.
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