BY JAMES FARRELL
An altercation between four students at John Bowne High School resulted in one of them, a 16-year-old boy, being stabbed in the hallway, police said.
The stabbing occurred at 10:45 a.m. in the first floor hallway outside the dean’s office. School safety agents intervened and separated the students involved in the altercation before taking the wounded student to New York-Presbyterian/Queens, the NYPD said on Tuesday. While the victim had a stab wound to his left torso, no serious injuries were sustained.
“Based on a preliminary investigation, it appears that the altercation stemmed from a prior verbal dispute between the students,” said David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South. “The three male students involved in the altercation are currently in police custody, a knife has been recovered, charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.”
When questioned at the press conference about whether or not a lack of metal detectors at the school could have prevented the incident, Department of Education Deputy Chancellor of Operations Elizabeth Rose said that the matter would be investigated.
“The school does not have full time scanning,” Rose said. “It does have unannounced and random scanning that happens throughout the year. We have a standard protocol. We will work with the New York Police Department to assess schools, whether there should be an increase or a decrease, or any change in the level of scanning.”
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