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3 Students Stabbed in Dorchester, 1 Arrested, Police Say

The stabbing took place near the intersection of Armadine and Washington streets

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Three students of a Boston high school were injured in a stabbing Monday in Dorchester, police said.

The victims, all students at TechBoston Academy, are expected to survive, according to the Boston Police Department. A fourth student has been arrested.

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The stabbing happened at a basketball court at Keith Love Field, off Washington Street, about a block away from the school. Officials initially said the stabbing was outside the school.

In a statement, Boston Superintendent Mary Skipper called the incident "incredibly tragic."

"Right now, our focus is on all of the students involved, supporting them and their families," Skipper said.

"This is a great neighborhood," said Janice Johnson, who lives across the street from the crime scene. "There's a lot of stuff that happens at the school, though, there's a lot of fights at this corner."

NBC10 Boston has obtained Snapchat video of the fight but has decided not to show it.

"We need to step in and pay more support to our kids and be able to be there for them so they know what they need to do when they're in confrontational situations," said Cesar Perry, who lives in the neighborhood.

The incident comes as the Boston City Council debates whether to place police officers and metal detectors in schools.

"If a metal detector is going to stop one crime, to me, that's important," said City Councilor Erin Murphy, who has called for those changes. "At the same time, I always have advocated for more mental health supports, and social and emotional wellness, so I don't believe it's one or the other."

In a letter to the school community, Patrick Cleary, the principal of TechBoston Academy, said the incident happened right after dismissal.

"School staff and BPS Safety Services noticed the commotion and immediately called 911," Cleary wrote. "District psychologists and social workers will be onsite tomorrow."

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