HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two teens have been charged after a student was stabbed during a fight near Hamden High School on Monday.
At around 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Hamden Police responded to a stabbing they said happened near a city bus stop on Dixwell Avenue next to Hamden High School.
According to police, preliminary investigation revealed that two students were involved in a physical altercation just off-campus. One of the students stabbed the other student multiple times in the back, police said. A small folding knife was recovered by police and seized as evidence.
Police said School Resource Officer Jeremy Brewer was in front of the school and approached by a 9th-grade student who had been stabbed. Police said Officer Brewer escorted the student to the school nurse for treatment while additional officers and paramedics came to the scene.
The 13-year-old suspect, who police said is also a ninth-grader, was charged with second-degree assault.
The 14-year-old victim was brought to Yale-New Haven Hospital and is listed in stable condition. The teen was charged with third-degree assault.
This isn’t the first scare here at Hamden High School. Almost two months ago, a student brought a loaded handgun gun to school. Students are shaken.
“When I’m in school I should be safe… I shouldn’t be in danger of someone shooting me or stabbing me or doing anything to me,” said Jamileen Sutton, who is in 10th grade at the school.
“I walked back here and I see police tape, and cars everywhere, and it was just so shocking,” said Natalie Velez, another 10th grader at Hamden High. “There have been fights before but no one really pulled out a knife.”
News 8 spoke to Natalie’s mom, Julissa Diaz, on the phone. She also has a son in the school and said she doesn’t feel all that comfortable sending her kids there anymore.
“It’s very, very terrifying because it’s like, it could happen to any of my kids,” Diaz said.
At this point, she hopes the school takes action by possibly installing metal detectors.
“Obviously, the kids are bringing in stuff to harm each other, so if that’s going to help make sure that school is safer then why not?” Diaz asked.
In a letter sent to families in the school district Monday, Superintendent Jody Ian Goeler and Hamden High Principal Nadine Gannon said the school’s crisis team will be available Tuesday and the schedule will be adjusted to allow a space for students to share their concerns and receive support.
The Hamden Police Department will continue to have an increased presence in the area.
This is an active investigation. Anyone with information or video of the fight is asked to contact Detective Andrew Lipford of the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Unit at (203) 230-4055.