Two students injured in stabbing at John Marshall High School in Los Feliz, Calif., are in critical condition, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokeswoman Katie Foreman confirmed to The Times. The students were students at the school and were rushed to the operating room after being stabbed in the stomach, one of them the son of the school superintendent.
The stabbing was “very sad,” John Marshall High School Principal Dan Wojcieski told KCBS, but that he hopes the students have a full recovery.
“We are very fortunate that this is not worse,” Wojcieski said.
The students are in “extremely critical condition” at a hospital, the sheriff’s office said.
California authorities are investigating the incident and are interviewing students, officials said.
The boy and his 15-year-old sister were rushed to a hospital in critical condition. Their mother was driving them to school after dropping off the student on Friday, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Ray Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle.
In the attack, students were stabbed in the stomach and the boy was stabbed in the neck and the sister in her face.
The 15-year-old boy who was stabbed in the neck by one attacker and then stabbed in the stomach by another attacker was being treated at Highland Hospital in Burbank, Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Patrick Fyock told the Chronicle.
There is some evidence the two attackers were acquainted, Kelly told the paper.
A witness told deputies there was a physical struggle between them and the attacker, and saw one attacker stabs the student, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The assailant was wearing a black scarf and another had on a black baseball cap, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The students, ages 12 and 13, were in a freshman classroom when the first suspect stabbed the boy, the Los Angeles Times reported.
John Marshall High School said in a statement Friday that the 14 students who were in the school library when the assault occurred “should be commended for their actions.”