A Long Island high school stabbing in Lindenhurst on Wednesday may have been over a girl, according to sources.
The stabbing occurred at Lindenhurst High School around 8:30 a.m. and left one student with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Sources told NBC New York that the incident may have revolved around a girl. The sources said that the victim and the suspect were friends who had recently been in a dispute over her.
The suspect has been identified as 17-year-old student, and he has been taken into police custody. He was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief.
The victim, a 16-year-old student, suffered a stab wound to the abdomen and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment. His condition is currently unknown.
The incident is still under investigation, but authorities have not released any further details about what happened.
The stabbing has prompted a heightened police presence at the school and a heightened sense of security, as parents worry about their children’s safety.
“It’s very concerning,” said one parent, who asked to remain anonymous. “You just never want to see something like this happen at a school. It’s very unsettling.”
The school district released a statement saying, “We take any incident of violence in our schools very seriously and are fully cooperating with the police investigation. We are reviewing our safety and security protocols and will take any necessary steps to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”
The incident serves as a reminder of how quickly things can escalate in school, and how important it is to ensure the safety of our children.