NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews airlifted a student to the hospital after, police said, he was stabbed at a high school in North Miami Beach.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units arrived at North Miami Beach Senior High School, located at 1247 NE 167th St., Thursday afternoon.
“Respond to North Miami Beach Senior … it’s going to be in reference to a juvenile with a stab wound to the rib area,” said a dispatcher on radio transmissions.
According to officials, the victim suffered traumatic injuries and was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center.
“During that altercation, one of the students removed some kind of sharp object. We don’t know exactly what that sharp object is; it has not been recovered,” said Miami-Dade Schools Police Deputy Chief Carlos Fernandez.
Officials with Miami-Dade County Public Schools said the incident was an isolated altercation. They provided the following statement:
Earlier this afternoon, a student was transported to a nearby hospital for his injuries sustained during an isolated altercation. As a precaution, North Miami Beach Senior High School is currently on a secure, and a controlled dismissal is underway. Miami-Dade Schools Police is currently investigating the incident and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.M-DCPS
Students and parents spoke to 7News about the incident.
“So far, I know is that the kids called me when I was at work, and they were like, ‘Mom, somebody got stabbed, and they got into a fight,'” said parent Yajaira Rojas.
Rojas said she quickly went to the school to pick up her children once she heard about the situation.
“I felt really scared, like, I just wanted to go home,” said Bianca Deer, a student. “It was basically saying that a kid got stabbed, and I was like, ‘Oh, my God, that was crazy.'”
Deer said she doesn’t know the students involved, but once she saw students running, she went to hide herself.
“I went, and I was in the room with my cheer brother and sisters and my coach,” said Deer.
Police said the victim and the subject agreed to meet at the bleachers around lunchtime. It was sometime after that they had their fight.
“It happened at a basketball court. A bunch of people were around,” said student Anthony Pavon.
Students said the school went into a lockdown. When asked whether he was surprised to hear about the stabbing, Pavon replied, “No, not really.”
As a result of the incident, M-DCPS officials said, the students were released through a secure, controlled dismissal.
Rojas said she hopes police find who stabbed the student.
“Hopefully everything gets resolved and they find who did this,” she said.
Police said the student who was stabbed is expected to be OK. He is in stable condition. His age and grade have not been released.
“We have some information on who the subject may be, and we continue to work the case,” said Fernandez.
As of late Thursday night, police were still looking for the person who injured the student and the weapon. They hope he’ll turn himself in.
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